Tucson Federal Credit Union (TFCU) announced that they will be sponsoring “Christmas in July” at each of their seven branches throughout Tucson. The drive will benefit children currently being served by Aviva and Devereux Arizona. Beginning July 10, donation boxes will be located at all TFCU locations. The community will have a choice of donating teddy bears for children receiving services through Devereux Arizona and/or backpacks for children served by Aviva.

As a proud supporter of the Tucson community, TFCU helps organizations that support the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People.” Both Aviva and Devereux Arizona are nonprofits that serve children who have been removed from their homes and are in the Department of Child Safety (DCS) system. Because both of these organizations serve the most vulnerable members of the community, TFCU wanted to raise awareness and get the community involved.

TFCU President and CEO, Susan Stansberry, shared her thoughts about the drive and stated, “Devereux and Aviva create an extensive impact in the community. Providing hands-on participation through our branches is an exciting opportunity for TFCU employees.”

The “Teddy Bear” drive will benefit children participating in Devereux’s Parent Aide Program. Parent Aides supervise visits and provide guidance to parents whose children have been removed from their home by DCS. The bears are “adopted” by the children who must name the animal, as well as provide the bear’s likes and dislikes. Because the children transfer their personal likes and dislikes to the bear and feel comfortable talking about their new fuzzy friend, families learn new things about their child and communication improves. Devereux Arizona’s Parent Aide program has been so successful that many families are able to reunify and leave the program. For more information about the Parent Aide Program or other Devereux programs and services, visit www.DevereuxAZ.org.

Aviva’s “Back to School” drive benefits foster children who have to deal with the stressful situation of going back to school after their lives have been uprooted. It can even be the second, third, or even fourth new school, and sometimes within the same year! School can also be very stressful for foster children and teens because they desire and need uniforms/clothing, shoes and supplies to help them fit in with their peers. Last fiscal year, Aviva’s Back to School Program, impacted over 800 children. They distributed $8,000 worth of uniform and shoe cards to foster children who attend elementary or middle schools where uniforms are required. In addition, Aviva distributed backpacks and school supplies to all grade levels. For more information about Aviva’s Children’s Services, visit www.avivatucson.org.