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Vistancia Teens Donate a Ton of Goods to Phoenix Rescue Mission

July 1, 2009

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That’s right, a ton.

When the teens of Vistancia Teen Club chose to help the Mission, they decided to start in their own backyard. The club members, who range in age from 11 to 17 years old, went door to door in their neighborhoods collecting items residents left on their front porches for pick up.  They also organized donation boxes in the Peoria community’s association office.

After two weeks of collecting basic living necessities for those in need, the Vistancia Teen Club ended up donating 900 pounds of food, clothing and toiletries along with 2,400 bottles of water to the Mission. They then unloaded and sorted all the donated items at the Mission’s Family Outreach Center.

Ben Massouras, president of Vistancia Teen Club, shared the following in a West Valley 101 article:

“During these hard times many more people and families need our help, so donating all of these items really will make a difference. The thing is though, there is still so much that needs to be done.”

“When we toured the Phoenix Rescue Mission facility, we were told the number of people that need help in Phoenix this year is four times what it was last year.”

We at the Mission are especially grateful to the teens and their community for donating food and canned goods.  Donations are traditionally low during the summer months and we’re finding more and more families turning to us to help make ends meet to provide meals for their children. The water donation is also a blessing as we expect to give out around 4,000 bottles of water to people on the street every week this summer.

These teens will make a ton of difference to those who receive the food, clothing and bottled water they collected and they did it by making it simple for people to give and by giving their time to pick up and drop off. If you’d like to help by donating goods or organizing a food or water drive, please visit our website


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