This year, as part of the A Visit From Saint Nicholas Holiday Annual Giving Program for Disadvantaged Children, 3,200 Kidzsack eco-friendly backpacks will be used to bring toys, books and essentials to 14 Tucson-area public schools.
Volunteers will leave the gifts on the desks of each child on the night of December 3rd to be discovered by the children in the morning. Santa will join the children, traveling via helicopter, to open their new gifts.
The bags will be assembled by hundreds of community volunteers on December 2. This will be the center's 14th annual 'A Visit From Saint Nicholas' event. Since its creation in 1997, the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona has delivered backpacks to over 42,000 children for the holidays.
"I am so pleased that Kidzsack is a part of this great tradition of philanthropy. For many children, this may be their only gift this holiday season. It sends a message of hope and kindness, and lets them experience the joy of the holidays," said Tina Hill, president of Kidzsack. "Children are our greatest resource and this program is a great model of how we can give back to our community to create a better future."
Hill founded West Newbury, Massachusetts-based Kidzsack in 2007 with the goal of producing creative, eco-friendly products. The bags come with washable markers so children can color their own. The bag is made of 100% recycled materials, and can be colored and washed again and again. It has been awarded the Dr. Toy's 'Best Play and Learn Vacation Award' for 2009 and Creative Child Magazine's Best Toy Award.
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