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Operation Santa











Operation Santa provides toys and gifts to children in need in our community.  In addition, the Adopt-a-Family program matches donor groups with families in need to provide gifts such as toys or clothes for the children, basic household items for the family, grocery gift cards, or food for a holiday meal.  In 2012, our program expanded to include children in the Gilbert community, as well as Chandler, which meant more children.  In 2013 we served over 2000 children, yet we work collaboratively with other organizations to cross-check the names of all individuals registered to eliminate duplication of services, which allows us to reach more children.


In 2013, a pilot program has been introduced to provide an opportunity for parents to become more involved in providing Christmas for their children by attending classes or volunteering to earn points towards higher end gifts, such as bikes.  We are well aware that many parents yearn to provide gifts for their children, yet their current circumstances limit them from doing so.  This program provides this empowerment to these parents.  Help us support these parents who make the effort by attending classes and volunteering, by supporting this portion of our Operation Santa program.


There are several ways that you can help to bring smiles to these families. Help us by bringing in new toys or gift cards to the CCCC office, host a toy drive, adopt a family or more either individually or through your organization, shop for particular children, or make a monetary donation. Please call Lori Tapia at 480-963-1423 for all the details, or email



Donations Payments Now Accepted Online:

Arizona Tax Credit

State taxpayers who contribute to CCCC can receive a dollar for dollar tax credit through the Working Poor Tax Credit. Couples filing jointly can receive up to $400 back and single taxpayers can receive up to $200. Make your donation by December 31st each year.

By The Numbers

Food Bank
In the last fiscal year (2012/2013), CCCC Food Bank distributed 16,863 food boxes. That was enough food to feed 55,235 individuals for at least 3 days!

Family Resource Center
-- $275.000 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) dollars were utilized to supplement family’s nutrition.

-- 812 individuals were beneficiaries of SNAP and AHCCCS (Arizona Care Cost Containment System) dollars.

-- 8,612 hours of instruction and services was provided to 3-5 year olds through our Early Literacy and Family Programming.

-- In the last 6 months I-Help (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) has provided 606 bed nights to 79 unduplicated individuals.

Community Action Program
Last year, our Community Action Program provided supportive services, case management, referrals and financial assistance to over 9,500 community members, preventing 1,679 utility disconnects and 249 evictions.

Our VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, prepared 257 returns, recoving $300.402.00 in federal refunds and $83,334.00 in state refunds.

Senior Centers
The Chandler and Gilbert senior centers provided 29,984 meals at their respective locations and 31, 520 home delivered meals to homebound seniors. A total of 61,513 meals!

The center disbursed 54,244 tickets for transportation to and from the centers where 1,135 senior activities and classes were provided with a total 20,913 participants.

We assisted over 3,200 children in our 2013 Back to School Program with backpacks, school supplies and clothing through collaboration with the city of Chandler and other area organizations.

Over 2000 children participated in Operation Santa in 2012 and received toys, books, candy, and more.

Although we have awesome staff members who ensure operations are running smoothly and moving forward CCCC would not be able to serve those in need without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers. Last fiscal year 1,572 unique individuals volunteered at CCCC (including the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers) giving a total of 32,598 volunteer hours. 808 came in the form of group members from area businesses, organizations, and faith based communities. Many thanks to all who help us fulfill our mission!