Yuma charities take part in Arizona Gives Day

YUMA, Ariz. – The Yuma Conservation Garden is just one of the nonprofits benefiting from Arizona Gives Day, a statewide online giving campaign.

“Ten dollars and you can help feed Baloo, twenty five and you can help pave the paths. For fifty, we need supplies for when schools visit, and for 100 dollars you will pay for the transportation for one classroom to come visit,” Sheryl Christenson, a board member for Yuma Conservation Garden, said.

This is the third year the charity has participated.

“We would like to raise 3000 dollars for the conservation gardens this year,” Christenson explained.

Donors raised more than 1.4 million dollars last year on AZ Gives Day for groups like the garden. The alliance of Arizona nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers host the event to boost funding far after the holiday season fades.

“We need donations year round. Our operation is year round,” she told us.

The Yuma Food Bank is also on the list of participating local nonprofits.

“We average feeding about 300 families a day, so donations are very important.” Community Relations Director Shara Merten said.

She encouraged donors to contribute after Gives Day.

“The site is different this year in that it will remain up and it’s still viable, so even after this day you still have the opportunity to donate,” Merten said.

As of Tuesday evening, Arizona Gives Day had raised more than 1.3 million dollars. The website is www.az gives.givebig.org.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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