PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A special day deserves a special celebration, that's according to Jodi Sprayberry, the director of development for Arizona Helping Hands.
"A lot of people take it for granted," she said. "Why does that matter? Well, this matters for these children because a lot of them had never had a birthday celebration and this is the first time for them."
Sprayberry points to the empty and near empty bins, boxes, and shelves that should store the toys used in these special birthday bags.
"A birthday kit would include three brand new toys and a book," she said. "It also has a little birthday bag that has frosting, balloons... all the things you need to have a little celebration."
Arizona Helping Hands has given out nearly 1,300 birthday bags since the start of the year. The non-profit is on track to hand out at least 3,000 by the end of the year.
"We're doing 100 bags, 12 months a year," Sprayberry said. "That's a lot of toys. We're looking to the community for support."
What Arizona Helping Hands needs most is toys for both boys and girls, ages 6 to 12, something new and unwrapped, and something that will make a child in the foster care system feel really special.
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