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Backpack, supply drive to benefit Arizona foster kids

PHOENIX -- A Valley businessman kicked off a backpack and school supply drive Thursday to benefit foster children.

"I wanted to reach out to an organization that doesn't get a lot of exposure or that a lot of people don't know about," said Edson Salas, a designated broker with the Equity Executives Real Estate Group. "All backpacks and supplies will benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, they'll help us distribute them to foster children."

Children enter the state's foster care system daily, often yanked from the grip of abusive family members with little to no belongings. These children are provided life's necessities from state agencies, but if it wasn't for the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, they wouldn't get the things that make every kid feel joy. From sports equipment to dance lessons, bicycles to scholarships, AFFCF is the only organization in the state that provides these "extras" for children in foster care.

"It's a really great organization, they really care about the kids," said Salas.

The goal is to collect 500 backpacks full of supplies. You can donate online at or stop by the southeast corner of 44th Street and Thomas in Phoenix in the Office Max parking lot on Saturday and drop off your donations. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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