The Real Gift Foundation, an Arizona non-profit founded by Conde Rogers, who leads the Landmark Education Self-Expression and Leadership Program, was recently featured in The Arizona Republic for its efforts to raise funds to feed 22,000 homeless people in Arizona as part of its 12th annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. The foundation, which serves homeless Arizona youth, sees a greater need than ever with the toll that the tough economy has taken on families.
“The need is greater this year,” says Rogers. “These families we’re helping have always had a house and have always been stable, but now they’re literally living out of their car and the shelters are full, so they can’t even get into a shelter right now.”
A $25 donation feeds an entire family of 6 with an 8-10 pound turkey, mash potatoes, gravy, vegetables and more. To find out more or donate, people can go to the Real Gift Foundation website.
For more information people can also call 602-482-5800. The program works with 70 Arizona schools to locate students in need.
“We’ve gotten calls from schools we’ve never gotten calls from before,” Rogers said. “More families are dealing with what the schools are calling a crisis than ever before.”