The MAAFL Holiday Party took place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the home of Ed and Nita Black. The purpose of this event was to show appreciation for Board Members, staff and volunteers who has helped MAAFL to have a successful year. Holiday food and gifts were exchanged making a glorious holiday celebration.
MAAFL's Toy Event was held at the Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Center on Saturday, December 16th where 30 children gathered to receive toys and snacks and sing along with the Hard Fighting Soldier, Cecil Holden, who led them in Christmas songs. This event was co-sponsored by Shirley Butler of the City of Phoenix, Community Worker III.
The MAAFL Easter Basket Event was held at the Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Center on Sunday, April 15 where 25 children received Easter Baskets and snacks. This event was co-sponsored with Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation (DGMF) and included performances by the Kids for Christ.
On Saturday, November 4, 2017, Dr. Wanda Taylor taught a Grant Writing Workshop at Victory High School to 13 entrepreneurs who are interested in giving back to their communities. Participants received Certificates of Completion.
MAAFL's Back Pack Event was held on 12/17/17 at the Vista Colina Homeless Shelter, where 70 children received back packs and snacks. MAAFL Board Members and Vista staff combined their efforts to make this a successful event.
On Saturday, March 31st, MAAFL celebrated its 4th Annual Easter Event with 40 youth at the Broadway Heritage Neighborhood Resource Center in Downtown Phoenix. Co-Sponsor was Shirley Butler, Community Worker III, of the the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services, as well as Barbara Tucker, Joyie Oliver, Juanita Stafford, Jackie Brown Rene Murphy, Adrien McNeil, Pearlie Miller, Erin Hines Patricia Phillips, Lee Dean and Nevaeh Riley.
As youth signed in for the event they received a raffle ticket where two lucky girl winners and two young men winners received a bucket of goodies. Each of the children also received a bag of treats, a bag of school essentials, colored eggsand refreshments, along with their Easter Baskets. When asked "what does Easter mean to you?" Sanaa Armstead said, "Easter is a time to celebrate Christ!"
Special thanks were extended to MAAFL donors and supporters such as: Walmart & Sam's Clubs, Safeway, Albertson's, and a host of donors. MAAFL continues to provide the following services: DES/AHCCCS application and interview services; Food Handler and referral services, Notary services, college tutoring, unemployment claims, disability claims and many other services.
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