*Updated* This Christmas Season: Adopting 3 Families + Collection Points (+ More)

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adoptList has been updated with the family wish lists. Please understand that they do not know they are being assisted – each have been nominated by a friend or family member.

With Christmas upon us, many of our readers have expressed interest in adopting a few families for the Holidays.  Just a few weeks ago, there was a small group of us that started talking about the opportunity; over the last week I have been in touch with several folks that have come forth with many ideas, options, and even volunteered their time to help make this a reality for us as a group.

This will be the first year that we tackle this project as a “Group” – I am hoping that we can make it special.     I realize not everyone is in that same place – but those of you who are, we’d love to see you participate as well.

Family 1:  (Name is being withheld) is a 28 year old single dad. He is also a Veteran of the Military, did 2 tours in Iraq- came home injured on his 2nd tour and is dealing heavily with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to his deployments.  He is currently out of work, and struggling to get every-day food on the table for the kids, ages 10 (boy), 7 (boy) and 4 (girl).  Requesting basic necessities, any food and toys for the kids.

Family 1 Wish List: Board Games for the family, 10 and 7 year old boy like books, Football, Army anything, Match Box Cars, Action Figures. 4 year old Girl loves Dress up, Dora, Reading, Arts and Crafty items. Socks are sorely needed, ANY Food.

Family 2:  (Name is being withheld) is a mom of 3, and due to unforeseen circumstances, is now on her own with 2 kids (and one on the way) – and looking for due to her recent situation, she is now looking actively work after 8 years of staying home with her children as a stay-at-home mom. Her son is 8, and daughter is 6.   Requesting personal necessities, and toys, extra food items appreciated.

Family 2 Wish List: Food, Health and Beauty – any.  Clothing – any; Girls 7 Slim Pant, Medium Top Shoe size 1. Boy Size 8 Pant, and Medium/Large Top. Shoe size 3. Socks.
Toys: Girl – Password Diary, Easy Bake, Monster High, Disney, any Games, Mommy & Me. Boy: Lego, Star Wars, Nerf, Hot Wheels, Avengers. Books. Baby Girl on the way.

Family 3: (Name is being withheld) is an active reader, with a younger sister who now is dealing with cancer.

Family 3 Wish List: Girl, 11 years old, recently diagnosed with Cancer; loves Furbies, Converse All star Shoes, she is appreciative of anything.


Collection Points:

East Valley: December 6 (Thursday) AND December 14th (Friday) from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Burrito Shack – South of Elliont Road, and just North of Williams Field on Power Road *see above for reference

East Valley:  December 8 (Saturday) from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Chick-Fil-A on Stapley and Baseline, South of US60 Freeway

West Valley: Friday December 7th from 5:30 p..m to 7:30pm
Peter Piper Pizza, 10006 91st Ave, Peoria (Peoria and the 101 Freeway)

(If you are in the West Valley and would like to volunteer to collect items and meet me at a location agreeable in December please share in the comments).

Lastly, I have a few readers assisting me with this; we all have children ourselves; I have tried to make the collection points versatile  – for not only various schedules, but also because our kids will be with us during those times (so we have to keep them busy too!)  The Burrito Shack is excited to support us on this mission as well, and will have tasty tasty burritos there should you want to pay them a visit :)

Please see my disclosure policy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029510257 Lenaye Lauer Ensrud

    For the last family Sheryl….the child with cancer….is there a wish list for those toys? And an age might be helpful? Also any other children in that family that we might be able to get toys or something for them so they do not felt left out? I plan on meeting up with you on December 6th….what a great idea this is.

    • sherylcuevas

      will update..
      still waiting for their lists

      Sent from my iPad

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1029510257 Lenaye Lauer Ensrud

        You are the greatest Sheryl…thanks…will wait patiently for the lists…LoL

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaela.tresler Michaela Tresler

    I wish I lived near you guys and could help out. But I found a some families here too. Thank you for all the great work you do.

    • sherylcuevas

      Thanks lady :) We wish you lived here too. You’d fall in love with Fry’s :)
      Sent from my iPad

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorin.clinkenbeard Lorin Clauter Clinkenbeard

    Hi Sheryl,

    I live in the northwest area & would love to help collecting toys. Please let me know if you still need help! Thanks so much!!

    • sherylcuevas

      Sure will. Am missing a few key pieces (their wish lists) once I get those I’ll attach
      Sent from my iPad

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1446405149 Lauren Turner Guthery

      Do you live in Surprise?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1446405149 Lauren Turner Guthery

      The reason I ask, I have a few things for family 1 – arts item and food. I am not sure if I can meet up at Peter Piper Pizza.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.d.mitchell.16 Stephanie Durazo Mitchell

    I have a question…are we only donating non parishables or can we donate meat etc? I have a lot in my freezer..and with Thanksgiving coming up I’m sure there will be more deals on Turkeys and Hams…and I have been getting chicken legs at the base for pretty cheap…so just wondering

    • sherylcuevas

      We can do fresh items too.. but right now I’d have to work out a plan before thanksgiving –
      Sent from my iPad

  • http://www.facebook.com/MissMillystar Melissa Michele Dorsey

    Orientaltradingcompany is a great place to order toys in bulk! This is a great idea!

  • Renee Cross

    Will you also be gathering sizes? Clothes, shoes, ect.?

    • sherylcuevas

      yes – hoping for their details tonight or tom.

      Sent from my iPad


    I have Dec 8th marked on my calendar to donate! You are awesome and pray youll be blessed 10 fold!

    • sherylcuevas

      I’ll see you then, and I can’t wait to meet you :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Coupon-Crystal/100002944493167 Coupon Crystal

    I’m in the west valley not far from the Peter piper ..I would love to help you any way I can just let me know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lcreagan Laura Reagan

    I’ll see you the 7th! I can help for West Valley if needed too!

  • Raeanna Smith

    I am off the I17/Greenway. I’d love to help with. I have a freezer in my garage that I could store frozen items too.

    • Holly Aragon

      I live really really really close to you! Really! I work at Acacia on 31st ave n evans! I am going to be out of town on the 7th but have things to donate too! Do you shop at the Frys on Bell and 1-17?

      • http://www.facebook.com/divaraeanna Raeanna Smith

        Holly! Ha Ha… I know you… You’re the scrapbook teacher at Acacia! :) You’ve come to my house before (garage sale on scrappy stuff)… LOL… Good to see you on this site. I’ll meet up with you on Monday so we can talk! :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/divaraeanna Raeanna Smith

        Holly! Ha Ha… I know you… You’re the scrapbook teacher at Acacia! :) You’ve come to my house before (garage sale on scrappy stuff)… LOL… Good to see you on this site. I’ll meet up with you on Monday so we can talk! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Coupon-Clippin-Houx/100003067783094 Coupon Clippin Houx

    I’ve got co-workers interested so now I can give them ideas. One of them has already given me a bunch of battery operated toothbrushes to include.

  • kimmiekay

    Sheryl, this is truly amazing. I know it takes a lot of effort to organize everything. I am in Tucson, however, I have been receiving a lot of coupons lately for baby formula, which I will not be using. I would be happy to send those for the expecting mom if that would help. What a wonderful group, so many gracious people!

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbie723 Barbie Nielsen

    Are “gently used” toys ok? It’s not really in our budget to buy new for ourselves this year even, but I think I have some Dora things and I know I have the Dora talking house. What do you think?

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.moebouchier Elizabeth Moe Bouchier

    Is there a way to get items to familes # 1 &2 now?? Why wait until December, if they need food and other basics now, I would be happy to give what I can!

    • sherylcuevas

      I made it a “collection” because ultimately, with one family vehicle right now, I cannot make multiple trips to accommodate what everyone wants to do – I made it easy for everyone; 1 collection point in the W Valley, 2 in the East.

      The families were nominated – I’m not putting their address out in the open for people to randomly drop by – this is a collection for 3 families, as a group. Hope that helps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trisha.gardella Trisha Gardella

    is there a size of clothing for the military dad? & also the expectant mother?

  • http://twitter.com/pinchel Rob Perez

    Let us know if you need any other help, like driving or picking up stuff, or other.

    • sherylcuevas

      Sure will. Going to update this today again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/valinda.evans.1 Valinda Evans

    I live in Avondale and would love to help collect and meet you.

    • sherylcuevas


  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.elms.5 Karen Elms

    Hi Sheryl, what about gift cards for groceries stores so they can buy some things that are not donated that they need?

    • sherylcuevas

      Absolutely – I have another reader as well who is on the same thinking as you ;) She is giving me a gift card for them. I am doing the same for each of them too.

  • Stephanie Lucas

    I live in Maricopa and can help collect things on this side if you need it.

    • sherylcuevas

      That would be great; what time works for you (and what place) as a drop off? Then we (you and I) can meet up at some point

      • Stephanie Lucas

        Im not sure how many people would be willing to come drop it off at my home but I am okay with that since we are so far from everyone else. I live in the center of Maricopa really close to the Frys out here and thursdays I work 1/2 day so I can meet you on any thursday you need. I have stuff from the Betty Crocker deal and gift cards as well so just post what you need and I will give you my addy if needed.

    • sherylcuevas

      Stephanie, that would be great; I am thinking just “one” day – an easy location for a period of time, what works best (what location/time) and then I’ll drive to YOU to pick up

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1119106183 Kristi Kohser

    Not really sure how I missed this but I can definitely help with donations of arts and crafts stuff for family #1. We’re struggling with food now too so I unfortunately can’t help much there. Possibly some toys, let me check the gift closet.

    In the West Valley, I can help with the collection if needed.

    • sherylcuevas

      Kristi totally understand!!! Would you like to help with a collection site? If so what location and small block of time would work?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1119106183 Kristi Kohser

        I can’t help until next week, unfortunately. I’m finishing my thesis this week…It would be the West Valley drop site tomorrow but I don’t think I’ll have enough time to spare. Do we need to mark who they’re for and have them wrapped, or is someone else planning to do all that?

        • sherylcuevas

          I can take care of that ;) We’ll have another drop for the West I need to come up w/ a date.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MamaMonster1980 Chassidy Hennessy-Allen

    Wow I had tears pouring down my face reading this. Sometimes we get so tied up in our own personal lives that we don’t realize that the things that we have people wish they had, their wishes are their needs while a lot of people’s wishes are their wants…..Yeah you can bet your bottom dollar I will be at one of these donation sites! Thank you for giving us an awesome opportunity to do good, you are amazing!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sabrina-Condon-Nigro/1059056330 Sabrina Condon-Nigro

    I live in Buckeye so if you need a drop off spot in the far West Valley I am your girl:) What a great thing you have put together support our local community in need!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.elms.5 Karen Elms

    I’m gathering what I can can’t wait for west valley on the 7th. Such a great idea thanks Sheryl for including us

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.d.mitchell.16 Stephanie Durazo Mitchell

    I just posted this on my FB page so I am hoping this will bring a few more people to the donation list.

    • sherylcuevas

      Thanks Stephanie. I’m excited to meet you – so far we have a good response. .. I’m excited about this – I hope we can pull it off :)
      Sent from my iPad

  • http://twitter.com/I_am_Deneen_T Deneen_Thomas

    Sheryl, I talked to a friend of mine last night about this and she also wants to help. My daughter is also down with this. I will have stuff from the 3 of us to bring next Saturday!

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.elms.5 Karen Elms

    Forgot to ask do we need to wrap and label the gifts or not? I can do it but wasn’t sure please advise thanks a bunch

    • sherylcuevas

      You can if you want – but not necessary :)

      Sent from my iPad

      • http://www.facebook.com/karen.elms.5 Karen Elms

        have you any more info on the dad and mom’s sizes of something they may want or the
        #3 family 11 year old bout to go out again and add a few more things

        • sherylcuevas

          No, sadly I dont.

          I’m limited as to what I know because they were nominated by other people, and those others are not comfortable asking the mom (family 2) and the dad (family 1) what size they are :(

          The girl I do ..let me get them.

    • sherylcuevas

      Family 3 – girl is size 14 AND shirts 14/16 in shoes she is a 5,,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1446405149 Lauren Turner Guthery

    Sherly can you please message me at my e-mail, thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1254759079 Kay Veitch

    Please e-mail me an address where I can send a gift card to if possible. I can’t leave work to make it to the drop off.

    • sherylcuevas

      Hi there Kay- send me an email to centsableshoppin@gmail.com

      I can take it to them this weekend when I do the drop off – I have a few of you sending gift cards.

      Thanks so much – thanks for participating with us this year :)