Luggage of Love program accepting donated suitcases for foster children
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — There are thousands of children in Arizona’s foster care system — with 500 kids entering the system each month —and many move without proper luggage to carry their belongings.
So, Larry H. Miller car dealerships across the state are stepping in for a third year to fill that gap by partnering with the Arizona Department of Child Safety to get each child pieces of donated luggage full of goodies for their next adventure. Included in each suitcase can be socks, blankets, pillows, pajamas, and pillows. You’d be amazed at how much you can fit in a suitcase!
“We have 12 dealerships throughout the state in Arizona,” Rober Smith, customer relations director for the dealership, said. “We just want these kids to know that we are here for them, we know them and we want them. We just wanted them to know we’re here for them, and so they have something that’s their own.” Anyone wanting to donate a suitcase kit can stop by a dealership location, grab a donation suggestion tag, fulfill the request, and take the items back to the dealership.
“Because kids are always being removed, we always need the community to step up and fill the gap,” Rayetta Sanchez, community liaison with AZDCS, said. “We really appreciate the community for taking part in this.”
Larry H. Miller dealership locations:
- Larry Miller Dodge RAM Peoria - 8665 West Bell Road, Peoria, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Hyundai Peoria - 8425 West Bell Rd, Peoria, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria - 8633 West Bell Road, Peoria, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Avondale - 10205 W Papago Freeway, Avondale, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Tucson - 900 W Auto Mall Drive, Tucson, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Nissan Mesa - 2025 West Riverview Auto Drive, Mesa, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Dodge RAM Avondale - 10101 W. Papago Freeway, Avondale, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Tucson - 7800 E 22nd St. Tucson, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Dodge RAM Tucson - 4200 E 22nd St. Tucson, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale - 10055 W. Papago Freeway, Avondale, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Genesis Peoria - 10055 8425 West Bell Road, Peoria, AZ 85382
- Larry H. Miller Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Surprise - 13165 North Autoshow Avenue, Surprise, AZ
- Larry H. Miller Ford Mesa - 460 E Auto Center Drive, Mesa, AZ
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