Larry H. Miller Dealerships Assists Arizona Foster Children Transitioning to Safety with Items of Comfort 

“Luggage of Love” campaign to help Arizona children in foster care

 

PHOENIX (March 3, 2021) – Every month, more than 700 Arizona children enter foster care, leaving their homes for a safer environment, but often with little or no time to pack a bag of their belongings. Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced today a commitment to helping Arizona children transition into a safe home with the “Luggage of Love” campaign, a month-long drive to support children and families statewide who are served by the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS).

 

“Every child has a right to live in a safe, healthy and comfortable environment, but many Arizona children are trapped in circumstances beyond their control,” said Mary Marcelli, Arizona controller, Larry H. Miller Dealerships. “They are removed from their homes and families, and often, there is either no time to pack a bag, or even worse, nothing to pack. With our donation of luggage, pillows, blankets, pajamas and socks, we hope to give these kids some comfort in a very trying time.

 

From now through March 31, Larry H. Miller Dealerships is encouraging its employees and the public to help foster children transition into safer environments with simple items of comfort. Donations will be accepted at the group’s 12 dealership locations across Metro Phoenix and Tucson. The items needed include carry-on sized roller suitcases, blankets, pillows, pajamas and socks for children up to the age of 18. All donated items must be new and unused.

 

According to the Arizona Department of Child Safety, there are more than 14,000 Arizona children in foster care. Children of all ages enter foster care through no fault of their own. More than 80 percent of children enter foster care because they have experienced neglect in their home and an estimated 70 percent of children enter due to a parent’s drug use.

 

“Kids in care often feel like they are all alone,” said DCS Director Mike Faust. “Which is why it’s important for community members to show them that there are people out there who care about them. We are grateful for Larry H. Miller Dealerships for letting these kids know that they have a lot of people in the community who support and care about them.”

 

The “Luggage of Love” campaign will culminate in April, when a caravan of Larry H. Miller Dealerships vehicles stuffed with suitcases and items of comfort meet and deliver the donations at the Arizona Department of Child Safety’s Welcome Centers in Phoenix and Tucson.

 

“LUGGAGE OF LOVE” DONATION LOCATIONS:

 

 

Larry H. Miller Ford Mesa, 460 E. Auto Center Dr., Mesa, AZ 85204

Larry H. Miller Nissan Mesa, 2025 Riverview Auto Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201

Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Avondale, 10101 W. Papago Fwy., Avondale, AZ 85323

Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Avondale, 10055 W. Papago Fwy., Avondale, AZ 85323

Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Avondale, 10205 W. Papago Fwy., Avondale, AZ 85323

Larry H. Miller Hyundai Peoria, 8425 W. Bell Rd., Peoria, AZ 85382

Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Peoria, 8665 W. Bell Rd., Peoria, AZ 85382

Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria, 8633 W. Bell Rd., Peoria, AZ 85382

Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Surprise, 13165 N. Autoshow Ave., Surprise, AZ 85388

Larry H. Miller Dodge Ram Tucson, 4220 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85711

Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Tucson, 7800 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85710

Larry H. Miller Volkswagen Tucson, 900 W. Auto Mall Dr., Tucson, AZ 85705

 

 

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About Larry H. Miller Dealerships

Larry H. Miller Dealerships operates more than 60 dealership locations under 17 automotive brands in seven western states. The group has 12 Arizona locations, including nine in Phoenix and three in Tucson.

 

Larry H. Miller Dealerships has a strong legacy of giving back to communities where it does business. Through its charitable organization, Larry H. Miller Charities, more than $1.5 million has been donated to qualified nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona since 1996.

 

For more information about Larry H. Miller Dealerships, please visit www.lhmauto.com

 

About The Department of Child Safety

The Department of Child Safety is dedicated to the vision that children thrive in family environments free from abuse and neglect. As highly motivated and caring public servants, the DCS team is committed to fulfilling this mission with excellence, providing safety and well-being for the most vulnerable population in Arizona: our children.

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