$5K Donation to Arizona’s Family Christmas Angel Program

Check presentation for Christmas Angel program

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona’s Family Christmas Angel program has not had the same level of participation as years past. To help increase Angel adoptions in 2020, and help ensure that no child is left without a gift on Christmas morning, AZFamily hosted an emergency drive-thru toy drive to collect toys and monetary donations. After our team saw this request for help, we hopped into our van and presented a $5,000 check to Arizona’s Family’s Ian Schwartz—who was dressed as a merry elf in red and green. While at the drive-thru toy drive, we were thrilled to see the pile of toys grow as numerous valley residents brought more toys.

How You Can Adopt or Donate to Benefit an Arizona Christmas Angel   

Every year Christmas Angel gives gifts to more than 52,000 Arizona children in need. If you would like to help bring cheer to an Arizona child in need, you have until December 23 to take a tag from a Christmas Angel tree found in malls across the Phoenix Valley. You can also adopt an angel virtually by going to the Salvation Army’s website.

The Salvation Army shared this list of items especially needed for the kids. They also request that you do not wrap the gifts before dropping them off. 

  • Legos for boys and girls
  • Earphones
  • Arts and crafts sets
  • Hair accessories for girls
  • Barbies
  • Soccer balls, basketballs, and other sports equipment
  • Scooters
  • Baby toys

You can also support the Salvation Army’s humanitarian efforts outside of the Christmas Angel program by making an online donation at the Salvation Army’s website.

Questions? Please contact the Salvation Army directly by calling 602-267-4100, or you can connect on their website


Photos from the 2020 Arizona’s Family Christmas Angel drive-thru toy drive: 

80K SQ Ft Turf Dedication to CartWright Elementary School

We are proud to partner with Fiesta Bowl Charities to donate and dedicate a new football field at CartWright Elementary School. The previously dead grass field was covered with 80,000 square feet of turf that was used at Chase Field during the 2019 Cheeze-It Bowl. 

As sports have played a major role in the lives of some of our team members and their families, knowing that the students will be given the opportunity to play soccer and football on a plush field is an amazingly uplifting realization for us. 

We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with community organizations like Fiesta Bowl Charities that share our interests in helping to improve the lives of struggling and disadvantaged children and families in cities across Arizona.


Watch this video produced by Manley Films for more details:


Photos from the dedication:

Shop With A Cop Las Vegas

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Our Las Vegas Gives Back team is sponsoring the Clark County School District Police Department’s 2020 Shop With A Cop program that is bringing holiday cheer to 60 of the poorest families in the valley identified by school police officers. Now that the shopping is complete, we have plans to deliver the presents purchased by the Las Vegas law enforcement officers to each family, plus a $50 Smith’s gift card donated by Lerner and Rowe.

Shopping With a Cop

Last Thursday and Saturday our team, along with police officers from all over the city, visited the Walmart on 1807 W. Craig Rd. in North Las Vegas to fill up shopping carts with gift items and toys from each family’s Santa Wish list. In years past, children would join police officers for a fun shopping excursion. Unfortunately, coronavirus restrictions prevented that from happening this year. Fortunately, we still had the opportunity to shop and look forward to delivering holiday cheer along with the Christmas bounties lovingly gathered for the families.


Video from our day shopping with a cop in North Las Vegas:



Photos from our day shopping with Las Vegas police officers for Christmas gifts:


28th Annual Arizona High School Champions Recognition

2020 NFF Champions Luncheon

On December 15, Arizona high school senior athletes and coaches will be honored for their achievements in excellence throughout the 2020 school year at the National Football Foundation (NFF) Valley of the Sun Chapter’s 28th Annual Arizona Champions Recognition event. This year’s event will be hosted virtually on Sports360AZ.com and The Brad Cesmat’s Football AZ Show on Fox Sports Arizona with Former NFL Great Jake Plummer joining Brad Cesmat on the show.

Arizona champions to be honored for their 2020 accomplishments include: 

  • Division Title Teams and Coaches
  • Legend Namesake Position Award Winners
  • Earl Putnam – Coach of the Year
  • Frank Kush – NFF Player of the Year

Our team is pleased to be a nine-year sponsor of this event, especially during this extraordinarily challenging year. 

When and Where to Watch

In previous years this awards recognition ceremony has been held in person as a luncheon. For 2020, Sports360AZ.com will stream the show on-demand, at no charge, starting on Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Sports360AZ.com will stream the show on-demand, at no charge.   

For more information about the National Football Foundation Valley of the Sun Chapter and the virtual champions recognition event, please contact Bob Boyles at bboyles17@gmail.com.

500 More Daily Reasons to Be Jolly

In addition to our 25 Days of Giving, we’ve partnered with 100.7 KSLX to give away $100 to five lucky listeners a day in Christmas Cash!

To enter for a chance to win, you need to first get the FREE 100.7 KSLX app. Then you need to create a profile in the app and listen to 100.7 KSLX for your name weekdays at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

When you hear your name, you will have 10 minutes to call 480-470-KSLX to claim your $100!

Here’s where you can get the app for a chance to win: https://kslx.com/kslx-mobile-apps/

2020 Johnjay and Rich Christmas Wish

The holiday season is a magical time of year. And after the many challenges 2020 has thrown at us, we are ready to spread extra jolliness and cheer! As a sponsor of Johnjay and Rich’s annual Christmas Wish program, we are excited to be part of something that helps make the holidays a little brighter by helping families and individuals in need have a special Christmas. 

How Do I Nominate Someone in Need?

For more than 16 years, the Johnjay and Rich Christmas Wish encourages others in the community to share the joy of the season by helping families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. Do you know of a family or someone 18-years of age and older who could benefit from a gift like this?

Then, just submit your nomination online at johnjayandrich.iheart.com to include why you feel like they should be granted a wish and what you think would help them most. 

Full promotional terms and conditions are provided by: The Johnjay & Rich Channel and can be found by clicking here.

What Happens If My Nomination is Selected?

If your nomination is selected, you will be involved in the radio segment. You will read your nominations’ story live on air for your nominated family to hear; all as a big surprise! Then, Johnjay and Rich Christmas Wish Elves will have the gift delivered! In the past, gifts that have been delivered include:

  • Household bill payments
  • New clothes
  • Toys for the kids
  • Groceries
  • Bedding and mattresses
  • Auto and home repairs
  • And, more!

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back is happy to support such a wonderful cause that helps make the season brighter for those in need.

$10k Toy Drive Sponsorship

Family of God Ministry Christmas Toy Drive

We are filled to the brim with feelings of goodwill and joy after adopting a toy drive as part of Family of God Ministry’s annual holiday assistance efforts. Our $10K platinum sponsorship will be used to bring grins and giggles to tons of little ones as they unwrap a gift on Christmas morning. 

Thanks in part to the help from donors, the Family of God Ministry has been able to present hundreds of children with gifts since 2014. For 2020, the ministry teamed up with Christian Family Care Agency (a foster and adoption agency) and members of the public, like Lerner and Rowe Gives Back, to provide over 1,000 children ages 0-18 years old with Christmas gifts.

How Do I Register a Child in Need?

The Family of God Ministry listed the following three qualifications a family must meet in order to register their child(ren) for the holiday gift assistance program:

  1. Families must be experiencing a crisis to qualify.
  2. ​If you have received assistance from us in the last two years, from any of our programs, you do not qualify to receive Christmas gifts.  
  3. ​Approved families must pick up on the day they are scheduled for. No exceptions!

To register, visit familyofgodministry.org/application. Please note that applications and any required documents must be received by December 15, 2020.

Please contact Christina@FamilyofGodMinistry.org with any questions. 

What Happens If My Family Is Approved?

If your family is approved, Family of God Ministry will reach out to your family to schedule a day and time for the gifts to be picked up.

At Lerner and Rowe Gives Back, we are thrilled to support such a wonderful cause that is dedicated to helping needy children and families. 

25 Days of Giving 2020

25 Days of Giving

Lerner and Rowe celebrates the season of giving by granting holiday wishes during their semi-annual 25 Days of Giving contest. From November 27 – December 21, residents of Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, New Mexico, Indiana, or Tennessee are invited to share a daily wish for the chance to win.

Previous prizes granted during the 25 Days of Giving include:

  • Set of new tires
  • Washing machine
  • Bunk beds with mattresses
  • Small electronics
  • Car seats
  • Gift cards to help pay for wedding and home remodeling expenses

More information can be found online at LernerAndRowe.com/25-Days-of-Giving, or by sending a message to Lerner and Rowe via their Facebook page (/LernerandRowe).

Ajo Thanksgiving Food Distribution

We are extremely grateful to the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture for providing guidance and assistance to our team in reaching out to families and seniors experiencing need in the Ajo community.

We donated 250 frozen hams and $20 gift cards for side fixings to be handed out during a Thanksgiving food distribution day at the Ajo Food Pantry.  


Photos from Ajo Thanksgiving food distribution:

Merrillville Turkey Giveaway 2020

2020 Merrillville Turkey Giveaway | Check Presentation

During our annual Turkey Giveaway in Merrillville, where turkeys and sides were handed out to over 600 families, Arianna presented a donation of $1500 to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to assist in their efforts to provide meals for the people that are food insecure in Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.

Other services provided that day by volunteers from the Merrillville boys basketball team, Girl Scouts, Project X, and The Bill and Kali Show included the packing of 150 senior grocery boxes, 300 Mobile Market boxes, and sorted hundreds of food drive items.


Photos from 2020 Merrillville Turkey Giveaway: