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Editor:

We are Aadi and Noor Saini, the kids who helped the Foothills Food Bank over winter break. My sister (Noor) is a fifth grader at BASIS Primary Phoenix, and I am a seventh grader at BASIS Phoenix. We always travel somewhere during our winter break, but this year, due to COVID-19, we couldn’t travel anywhere, so we decided to do something more meaningful which would help our community.  

Christina Fuoco told us about Foothills Food Bank. My mom searched on their site and reached out to Tom Kilwein, who is the food drive organizer. He was very happy that we wanted to help this holiday season. We decided to do this food drive in our neighborhood. We made a very nice flier, which we posted on Nextdoor app and took the flier door to door asking people to donate.  

We raised a whopping 775 pounds of food and donations over winter break — two weeks! Oh, my gosh! We went around our neighborhood asking if people would like to donate. Some people gave items on the spot, some people gave us cash because they didn’t have items (we would go to the grocery store to get some more items with that money), and some took the fliers to drop off later.  

We had three crates outside of our house by the entrance, so people use to drop off bags and bags of food and other items there. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had, because it was so fun and it felt so good that we were helping all those people in need.

This was our second drive that we did. In October, we both did “Tent Drive for Homeless.” We were able to collect 16 brand-new tents to donate.

We love giving back to our community. This is helping us see and understand how not to be selfish and always be on the giving side. We feel blessed that we got the opportunities to do these great drives for great causes. We wish to continue to do this as long as we can.

Aadi and Noor Saini