Christmas in July

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Goodwill of Central Arizona is celebrating “Christmas in July” at their retail locations throughout the Valley, Yuma and Prescott. Throughout the month, Goodwill stores will also be offering various promotions and sales--and, of course, proceeds go to one of the oldest and largest nonprofit agencies in Arizona.

  • July 9: It’s snowing holiday deals with 30 percent of all Christmas seasonal items
  • July 12: Christmas seasonal included in 50 percent of Sale Saturday
  • July 16: Stock up before holiday décor deals melt away, 25 percent off all Christmas seasonal items
  • July 19: 30 percent off all Christmas seasonal items
  • Christmas seasonal included in 50 percent of Sale Saturday
  • July 26: Christmas seasonal included in 50 percent off Sale Saturday
  • July 27-31: Christmas in July blowout featuring 75 percent of all Christmas seasonal items

Esperança Hosts Summer Donation Drive

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Through August 30, Esperança, an international nonprofit headquartered in Phoenix, is holding a Summer Drive to collect surgical equipment for its international programs and hygiene supplies for its domestic programs.

Each fall, Esperança sends one sea shipment container full of donated medical goods to its trusted partners in Central and South America for use in their clinics and hospitals. These supplies are used by Esperança’s surgical volunteer teams and distributed to hospitals in need in the region. They accept both expired and non-expired materials and supplies. They are not able to accept medications or liquids of any sort (i.e. saline, iodine solution, ointments, pre-filled syringes, etc.)

“A container is approximately the size of a semi-truck trailer,” says Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “An average container provides approximately $1,500,000 in donated medical equipment and supplies.  It costs Esperança just $8,000 to ship one of these containers. It’s a great return on investment. We’re so appreciative of our doctors, hospitals and vendors who can donate medical equipment; it’s greatly needed in these regions.”

Esperança is also collecting hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, dental floss, lotion for its domestic program that helps low-income and underserved families in South Phoenix. They provide culturally appropriate health education to address obesity, lifestyle-related chronic disease, and oral health.

Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at Esperanca’s office, located at 1911 W. Earll Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85015 or you can call Anna Ortiz, Surgical Program Coordinator at 602-252-7772 Ext. 114 to arrange pick-up. http://www.esperanca.org/donate-supplies.


Donate Old Cell Phones This Summer

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Phoenix's Keep It Cut, a men's hair salon, is a designated drop-off location for the national nonprofit, Cell Phone For Soldiers. In honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month (July), the men's hair salon is collecting your old cell phones during the month of July in exchange for a chance for you to win free haircuts for six months. Each person who donates a phone (valued at $5) will be entered into a drawing for a free six-month membership at the salon. The promotion will begin on July 1 and go through July 31. A winner will be announced on August 1. One entry per person.


Karma Kids Yoga Kamp

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Finding unique activities for the kids during the Arizona summers can be a challenge. But one Valley yoga studio has a fit and fun alternative to another round of video games. From 12 to 1 p.m. every Wednesday throughout the month of July, Sumits Yoga North Phoenix will host Karma Kids Kamp. This unique yoga camp is intended to help parents and children ages six to 14 connect and communicate with one another while introducing youngsters to the many health and lifestyle benefits of yoga.

“What we’ve created with Karma Kids Kamp is a pressure-free setting where beginners can feel comfortable, even if it’s their first time ever setting foot in a studio,” says Ashley Zetter, owner, adding that although Sumits typically teaches hot yoga, for this session, the heat will be off, and the air conditioning, up. “We’ll save the hot yoga for another session.”

Existing Sumits Yoga members are encouraged to attend as part of their membership. Non-members may purchase a day pass for $18, or a two-week pass for $20, while kids are admitted free of charge with a parent. www.sumitsnorthphoenix.com.


Phoenix Dream Center Moves Survivors into New Dream Rooms


On Saturday June 21 The Phoenix Dream Center hosted an extremely successful grand debut of their brand new six Dream Rooms. The Rescue Project, the flagship program of the Phoenix Dream Center, is a national leader in the rescue, recovery and advocacy of human trafficking survivors.

Last fall, six Dream Teams, made up of some of the Valley's top builders, architects and interior designers committed their time and services to help human trafficking survivors in crisis pregnancy situations.  

The Dream Center is proud to announce that today the City of Phoenix issued the certificate of occupancy so that the very special ladies in the program can move into their newly completed Dream Rooms.

For more information on The Phoenix Dream Center and The Rescue Project visit http://www.phxdreamcenter.org/.

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