Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club members make the holiday for 143 foster kids

The Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club did it again.

With the help of other Ahwatukee residents, Kiwanians brought some cheer into the holidays for teens in group foster homes.

Though donations fell off during the Kiwanis drive, resulting in fewer teens getting gifts than the number helped in the previous two years, organizer Andy Pettyjohn said the club still made 143 foster youth in 15 homes have a better Christmas than they might otherwise have had.

Pettyjohn said she was grateful “to so many Kiwanis members, community businesses and community members who donated money, gift cards and clothing, maintained collections at different locations, picked up items, shopped for clothing, sorted items, baked cookies, wrapped gifts and delivered gifts and cookies. Every group home was deeply appreciative.”

Each boy got at least a package of socks, boxers, shirt, sports, sweats or pajama pants, hygiene items and a $25 gift card for either Wal-Mart/Target or Harkins/AMC. Some got jackets, some an extra shirt, some a blanket or quilt and fast food gift cards and/or miscellaneous items, she said.

Every girl got …

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