Philanthropy

Hannah Receives AmTrust Bank Caring Kid Award

  Hannah was chosen as an AmTrust Bank Caring Kid from AmTrust Bank and ABC15. She was on their Sonoran Living show on August 10th. The selection team was impressed by how involved she is and how much she cares for others. They said she sounds like a very compassionate “Caring Kid”! Specifically she received the award for her work …

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East Valley Teen Donates Hair For second time

Q. This is the second time you have grown out your hair and donated it. What made you want to do this again? A. At first I was just going to grow it a little longer. When it got longer my mom asked if I thought I would donate it again. I really didn’t think I was going to grow …

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STA’s Third Graders Write Letters to WWII Veteran

One Saint Thomas the Apostle students, Hank Hubbard age nine, brought in an American flag magnet to show to his third grade class. Hank got it at the Papago Military Base a few weeks ago. On the back on the magnet it explained who had made it. The beautiful magnet was made by Stanley Rzempoluch, a 92-year-old veteran who served …

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Ss. Simon and Jude Student, Jules, Jumps To Help Those in Need

When Jules Gaynor learned that her teacher’s sister was recently diagnosed with cancer, she quickly jumped into action and organized a bake sale to benefit cancer research. Jules and her fourth grade class raised over $200 at the bake sale and have chosen the American Cancer Society to donate the money to! Jules is a very caring young lady and …

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Horizon Honors Hosts Relay For Life Event and Raises Over $22K

Horizon Honors High School hosted their 2nd annual Relay for Life event on March 3rd. Relay for Life is an organized, late night community fundraising walk for American Cancer Society. Teams of people camped out on a track field and members of each team took turns walking around the track. Food, games and activities provided entertainment and helped build camaraderie. …

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Seventh Grader at Saint Thomas Aquinas Starts Letter Writing Campaign For Troops

Q. You do a few community outreach activities, tell us about them? A. I really love to do community outreach activities. Besides serving for some local community services like AZ Small Dog Rescue, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mary’s Food Bank, and Feed My Starving Children, I started three projects of my own. They were Letter Writing Campaign for Operation …

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Rancho Solano Senior Heads Drive for Mesa Emergency Children’s Center

RSPS Senior, EK Gaylord, is spearheading a collection drive for the Mesa Emergency Children’s Center which is operated by Child Crisis Arizona. The Center provides shelter for children admitted due to neglect, abandonment, abuse, and parental incarceration. The drive seeks to collect items such as diapers, baby wipes, white bath towels, etc. As a member of the Governor’s Youth Commission, …

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Kidz 4 Causes Raises Awareness and Funds for Rare Childhood Disorders

At the end of a school day, four friends gather to hang out and play sports. Besides their camaraderie, they have another bond that ties them together: their sincere desire to make a difference in their community. Michael Bendok, Xander Black, Matthew Linhart, and Samuel Steiner are eighth grade students at Phoenix Country Day School and, last year, they founded …

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Fifth Grader Annika Organizes Water Drive

Annika Paluch is a fifth grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. This past May, Annika organized a month long water drive to benefit the Andre House and SSJ’s St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Q. What gave you the idea to hold a water drive? A. It was really hot outside, so people need water more than …

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Fourth Grader Creates Charity to Help rescue Dogs and Cats

  Sonya recently started her own charity called GrandPaws Pantry with the purpose of providing pet supplies to pets in needs, encouraging rescue pet adoption and educating others regarding responsible pet ownership. Q. You have started a charity called GrandPaws Pantry. Tell us about that. A. GrandPaws Pantry is a non-profit charitable organization that I started that is dedicated to …

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