Larry H. Miller Dealerships Announces Second Annual “Luggage of Love” Campaign to Assist Arizona Foster Children

 

Month-long campaign helps Arizona children transition to foster care with items of comfort, kicks off March 1

 

PHOENIX (March 2, 2022)  Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced today a continued commitment to helping the hundreds of Arizona children who enter foster care each month transition into a safe home with items of comfort through the dealership’s second annual “Luggage of Love” campaign. A donation drive will take place throughout the month of March to support children statewide who are served by the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS).

 

“Children who enter foster care, are often removed from their homes in the middle of the night, with little to no time to pack a bag of their belongings,” said Pat Kroneberger, senior vice president, Larry H. Miller Dealerships. “Through our partnership with DCS, we’ve learned how traumatic and heartbreaking this experience can be, and we simply want children to have hope for better days ahead. If we can make a positive impact on their lives through our donations of suitcases and basic items of comfort like pajamas, socks, and pillows, then it’s an honor and privilege to do so.”  

 

For the month of March, Larry H. Miller Dealerships is encouraging its employees and the public to stop by any of the dealerships to donate needed items, including 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. Community members can also visit any of the 12 dealership locations across Phoenix and Tucson and select a “luggage tag” containing items for a specific Arizona foster child in need.

 

During the inaugural “Luggage of Love” campaign in 2021, Larry H. Miller dealerships across the state collected 320 suitcases, 415 blankets, 296 pillows, 843 pajamas, and 2,477 packages of socks. In total, the estimated value of the donations equaled $94,165.

 

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 70 percent of children enter foster care because they have experienced neglect in their home and an estimated 50 percent of children enter due to a parent’s drug use.

 

“Kids who enter foster care are experiencing loss,” said DCS Director Mike Faust. “They’re experiencing a loss of safety, a loss of control, a loss of trust in adults, and some experience a loss of self-worth. When the community bands together to assist them during a very trying time, it shows them that people care. Small items add up to a big impact, and we are grateful for partners like Larry H. Miller Dealerships, and their continued support of Arizona children who have lost so much. It’s efforts like these that help these kids feel loved and seen.”

 

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 meets and delivers the donations to DCS’s South Mountain Office and the DCS Welcome Center in 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. 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.