– The Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA) brought the local construction industry together to make Christmas a magical time for hundreds of children. Approximately 100 Arizona construction companies and their employees donated almost $50,000 to the 11th Annual ABA Community Service Board’s 2020 Toy Drive to purchase toys and gifts for five nonprofits serving 900 children in Phoenix Metro area.
ABA members gather at TDIndustries to deliver toys to Sunshine Residential Homes in Glendale, AZ.
The ABA teamed up with member construction companies including McCarthy Building Companies, FCI Constructors, The Weitz Company, Sundt, Kitchell, CORE, and Rosendin to collect and wrap presents for over 100 children at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa. To keep everyone safe, Santa and his helpers loaded the gifts onto a decorated and lighted “sleigh” and delivered bags of toys to each home, where they were greeted with big smiles and Christmas carols.
Arizona’s construction industry also collected truckloads of gifts and toys for Sunshine Residential Homes in Glendale, Sequoia Charter School in Mesa, and Santo Niño Catholic Community in Phoenix. These charities serve children who are separated from their parents, survived abuse and neglect, or whose families cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts. Additionally these groups will distribute extra or items above their need to other similar organizations increasing the impact of the donations.
Members were so generous, the ABA also gifted $1,500 for a large group gift for VALLEYLIFE, a nonprofit organization for people with physical and mental disabilities who have been abandoned or forgotten.
“We were concerned with how the pandemic was going to impact our efforts this year with so many more people in need and so many of our ABA membership lacking a secure knowledge in the industry’s economic future,” said Joshua Marriott, ABA Community Service Board Chairman, Sr. VDC Manager for the Weitz Company. “I am extremely grateful to our ABA and industry partners for coming through more generous than ever and making a real and visible impact in our community!”