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AFFCF Launches Back-to-School Donation Drive to Support Foster Youth in Arizona

Date(s) – 08/02/2022 – 08/31/2022
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The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), located at 360 E. Coronado Rd., #190, just announced the launch of its new Back-to-School Donation Drive. The initiative helps fund the purchase of school supplies for local foster care youth and their families. With a minor donation, supporters can brighten the often difficult back-to-school experience for these youth.



“Being a foster child comes with extraordinary challenges and sometimes it’s the little things that really help make their day easier,” says AFFCF Executive Director Luis de la Cruz , a non-profit organization dedicated to giving foster children the opportunity for “normal” childhoods and prepare them for successful adulthoods through programming and scholarships. “With the Back to School Donation Drive, qualifying foster youth will receive funds so they can pick out their very own backpack, their choice of folders, their type of colored pencils, crayons and other supplies they need — and most importantly want — for their best back-to-school experience.”



The goal of this drive is to help foster youth feel like “just every other kid” when they head back to class this school year. For so many children in need who receive donations on a regular basis, having the seemingly little choice to pick out their very own backpack and supplies for school means so much.



Through an easy donation, supporters can help make this possible for foster youth throughout Arizona. Donations begin at $50, which buys a backpack and school supplies for one child and goes up to $300, which affords a backpack and school supplies for four children. Supporters are welcome to make a donation in any amount at any time as the AFFCF relies heavily on this generosity to help give foster youth a more normal life all year round through various programs that contribute to a well-rounded childhood experience.



The AFFCF is a Qualifying Foster Care Organization (QFCO ID #10023), which means donations are eligible for the Foster Care Tax Credit. Individuals can give up to $500 and joint filers up to $1,000 and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on their Arizona state taxes. For more information or to make a donation, visit



The AFFCF began nearly 40 years ago by making one small donation of less than $30, which allowed a young boy the opportunity to take flute lessons. Since that first act, the AFFCF has made more than 77,000 awards totaling more than $14 million to children in foster care in Arizona. These funds are intended to help foster youth in Arizona have as normal of a childhood as possible, despite their challenging circumstances. Awarded funds go toward assistance in school, music or dance lessons or sports equipment to ensure each child in Arizona foster care experiences the kind of opportunities every child deserves.



All proceeds from the event benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating positive childhood experiences for youth in foster care and preparing them for successful adulthoods through programming and scholarships. The AFFCF needs the community’s help to continue this important work for the more than 13,000 children currently in foster care in the state. For more: