Volunteers Needed for Canyon Cares Christmas

December 01, 2010 / by / 5 Comments

Help brighten the holidays for 250 of our neighborhood families at GCU’s 2nd Annual Canyon Cares Christmas on Sunday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Share the joy and blessings for the holiday season with 250 families in our community through your time, talents and donations.  This year, instead of taking our gifts to neighborhood families in need, we will invite them to our campus for a special celebration here at GCU. 

GCU will host a special, holiday meal and festive activities for the children, including playing in the “snow”, ornament making, cookie decorating, face painting, and photos with Santa.  While the children are having fun, parents will be invited to select and wrap donated toys they can take home and give the their children on Christmas!

Here’s how you can help:


  • New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls in a variety of age groups
  • Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons, bows and tags
  • Cash to purchase craft materials


  • Registration
  • Translation (English/Spanish)
  • Serve dinner
  • Children’s activities
  • Toy distribution
  • Set up/clean up

Volunteers are encouraged to arrive by 12:30 p.m. for instructions.

To volunteer, please email Terri Faust tfaust@gcu.edu and select the activity you wish to participate in from the menu above.  Donations of toys and wrapping items can be brought to the Office of Spiritual Life no later than 4 p.m. on December 10.

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5 Responses
  1. Brenda Howard

    Hello and God Bless I would love to be there and help volunteer, but I live in TX right now and is an online studentwith GCU, I had planned to come out and visit around Christmas but would love to make a small donation for crafts.

    Dec.02.2010 at 2:22 pm
  2. Zane Ewton

    Thanks for your message Brenda. The Office of Campus Life would be excited and grateful for your donation. You can mail it to:

    Attn: Terri Faust
    Office of Campus Life
    3300 W. Camelback Rd.
    Phoenix, AZ 85017


    Dec.03.2010 at 10:13 am
  3. Maria Sauerbrei

    I am local to the Phoenix area and have my own cupcake business. I would LOVE to donate some mini cupcakes to the event for refreshment purchases. Please let me know.

    Dec.05.2010 at 11:00 pm
  4. Aizelle

    Hello, I would love to donate toys for kids. I just wanted to know where I could drop them off.

    Dec.06.2010 at 12:46 pm
  5. Staff Report

    @Aizelle – The Office of Spiritual Life is in the Student Union on the GCU campus.

    Dec.06.2010 at 1:13 pm
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