SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Happenings

Volunteers from Unit 48 wrapped presents for the SBCO Adopt a Child program in 2016.

Volunteers from Unit 48 wrapped presents for the SBCO Adopt a Child program in 2016.

Adopt a Family/Child 2017

Ken and Ellen Perkins

The economy continues to improve for most of the SaddleBrooke community, but there are still many people in need and many of them are children. During the past 12 years that we have been organizing this program, the residents of SaddleBrooke have been very generous in helping us to make wishes come true for disadvantaged children. We believe that will be the case again this year. Unfortunately, with high unemployment in the mining communities and on the San Carlos Reservation, many children are severely impacted. Once again we would like to spread some joy to these children during the holidays.

The suggested donation is $60 to $70 per child with roughly half of that spent for a special gift or toy and the other half spent on durable play clothes. (The children are all very needy.) If you want to shop for the child yourself, we will provide you with a list of clothing sizes and the child’s wishes. We generally have most of the children’s wishes by mid-November and should be able to get the children’s names and wish lists to you by November 20, allowing you to shop before the Black Friday rush.

We plan to deliver to the San Carlos Indian Reservation on December 19. In order to avoid overwhelming the SBCO office and its all-volunteer staff, we will collect the gifts for the Apache Indian children at our house, 39698 S. Winding Trail.

Last year SBCO Adopt a Child provided gifts for 224 Apache children on the San Carlos Reservation. Our sister project, SBCO Adopt a Family, delivered gifts to 96 families in the tri-community area. If your unit wasn’t involved last year, but would like to participate this year, please call for additional information. It’s fun and very rewarding! There is no overhead charge for this project so 100% of gifts and cash donations go to needy families and children.

We would like to invite any and all of you to join us in this worthy cause. We need donations and we also need help with shopping, wrapping and delivery. Please make checks payable to SBCO with Adopt a Child or Adopt a Family in the notes section. You can drop off donations at the SBCO Office, at Suite L in the SaddleBrooke business center or you can mail them to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Treasurer, 63675 East SaddleBrooke Boulevard, Suite L, Tucson, Arizona 85739. SBCO is a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization so all contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Contributions to SBCO are also eligible for the Arizona Tax Credit if you file in Arizona (see Arizona form 321).

If you have any questions, you can reach us by email: ellenkenperkins@gmail.com or by phone, 825-6570.