TEMPE, Ariz. — Goettl Air Conditioning is launching its first Jingle Bell Express toy drive this winter benefitting four local charities. With the holiday season quickly approaching, many shelters throughout the Valley are in need of toys, school supplies, toiletries, blankets, and clothing to provide to the children they support. Goettl is reaching out to Valley residents to help accomplish its goal of providing the needed toys for the Sojourner Center, Hope & A Future, Arizona Children’s Center, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Those who donate eligible gifts as part of the Goettl Jingle Bell Express toy drive will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of five prizes donated by generous local businesses.

Raffle items include:

• An autographed Arizona Cardinals item;

• One of two $25 Venezia’s Pizzeria gift cards;

• A pearl necklace courtesy of Ganem Jewelers in Scottsdale;

• A watch courtesy of Ganem Jewelers in Scottsdale; and

• One of two $25 discount cab gift certificates.

“After visiting the Sojourner Center last month, we saw how much local shelters are in need of supplies this winter. When leaving a bad situation, the victims that Sojourner assists are usually only able to take a trash bag of things with them. Winter coats and toys are not usually among the items they bring with them, so we are hoping to send lots of necessities to the shelters to help with these needs,” said Guy Boehler, Goettl general manager.

The Goettl Jingle Bell Express holiday toy drive is just one of the many ways Goettl is giving back to the community. Goettl recently partnered with the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen to launch its “Cool It. For The Cause.” campaign, which will raise $16,000 to donate to breast cancer research. Goettl has also donated blankets, cookies, and $12,000 to the Sojourner Center to help victims of domestic violence.

Publication date: 12/26/2011