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8:27 PM Mon, Dec. 10th

Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation requests holiday gifts for foster kids

Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation, an Arizona Qualified Foster Care Charitable Organization that serves the unmet needs of more than 400 children in the care of the court, needs the help of generous Yavapai County residents.

YC4KF has placed Collection boxes and gaily decorated trees in many locations in the quad-city area.

“We need you to purchase gifts for our foster children and place those gifts in our collection boxes,” foundation spokesperson Jennifer Whittemore said in a news release.

Locations include:

• In Prescott: The Adult Center of Prescott, 1280 E. Rosser St.; AmTrust Bank, 3027 Dollar Mark; Beall’s, 1048 Willow Creek Road; C-A-L Ranch Stores, 1048 Willow Creek Road; Country Bank, 107 E. Willis St. and 1275 Gail Gardner Way; Fann Construction, 1403 Industrial Way; The Fitness Center at Prescott Lakes Clubhouse, 306 E. Smoke Tree Lane; National Bank of Arizona, 1500 Willow Creek Road; O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, 3083 Willow Creek Road; Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St.; Unisource Energy Services, 6421 Wilkinson St.; Walmart, 1280 Gail Gardner Way; Leslie Hedge at Flex Realty, 401 Whipple St.

• In Prescott Valley: Clayote Studios 8198 E. Spouse Drive, No. 2; Bradshaw Mountain High School, 6000 Long Look Drive; Country Bank, 3044 Glassford Hill Road; Granville Community Center, 5643 Granville Parkway; Wal-Mart, 3450 Glassford Hill Road

• Other: Bank of the West, 13275 Central Ave., Mayer

Area residents can visit any of these locations and pick up a flier with information about Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation and gift suggestions for various age groups. Donors can then purchase the appropriate gift and bring it, unwrapped, back to one of the collection sites. The last pick-up for the gifts will be Saturday, Dec. 17.

The public has been very generous in past years with gifts for these children and youth, Whittemore said. However, while ample donations are made for babies, children and preteens, fewer appropriate gifts are given for older youth, especially teenage boys.

Gift suggestions for teen boys include items such as watches, tool kits, educational games and books, music and sports equipment.

Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation will collect the gifts and take them to the distribution site at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie, where CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates), foster parents and Department of Child Services case managers will select “just the right gift” for the children in their care.

To learn more about the CASA for Kids Foundation, visit www.YavapaiCASAforKids.org.