Our Town: Ways to Help This Holiday Season | Explore the holidays

While many of us focus on celebrating the holidays, this is a time when others struggle to make ends meet.

According to Feeding America, over 60 million people have gone to food banks and community programs to keep their tummies full in 2020. The pandemic has exacerbated the hardships for many, but if you’re one of the lucky few who can share your gratitude for surviving another year, consider donating to these local food and gift drives this holiday season to make the holidays bright for a stranger.

Season 4 Hope Food Drive

News 4 Tucson has partnered with local sponsors to donate toys, food and diapers to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Toys for Tots and the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. Drop off toys, food and diaper donations from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at:

  • CDTFD Station # 181, 99 E. Tallahassee Drive. (Until December 6)
  • TFD Station # 20, 4798 N. First Ave. (until December 13)
  • KVOA Studios, 209 W. Elm St. (until December 20)

Holiday campaign for advocates of youth education

Youth Education Supporters (aka YES) is a group that supports families in the Marana Unified School District. The group, which provided backpacks to more than 1,200 children in the district earlier this year, are now fundraising for holiday meals and gifts for students in Marana. Contact Pat Johnson at [email protected] to find out how you can help.

GAP Ministries Help from Santa

Donate new, unwrapped toys and stocking stuffers to GAP Ministries, 2861 N Flowing Wells Road, by December 10. GAP ministries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dollar Tree Operation Homefront Toy Drive

Buy a toy and donate it to Dollar Tree donation boxes until December 2.

Tucson toys for toddlers

Donate toys to locations across Tucson by visiting the Tucson Toys for Tots website at https://tinyurl.com/3e89mp9k. Search by zip code to find the nearest donation site. Times, days and addresses are available on their website. In 2020, Tucson Toys for Tots supported 38,998 children and 40,513 toys were distributed.

Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree

Donate in person or online to the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Toy Drive through December 24. Don’t you want to leave the house? No problem! Visit their wishlist website to donate from your laptop. In-person locations include: Foothills Mall (7401 N La Cholla Blvd.), La Encantada Mall (2905 E Skyline Drive), Park Place Mall (5870 E Broadway Blvd.), and Tucson Mall (4500 N Oracle Road). The Salvation Army Reception Center, 1002 N. Main Avenue, is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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