Donation Drive Underway for Tomorrow's 'Hope Fest'

The Hope Network today is collecting donations of gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories, canned food, bottled water, diapers, stuffed animals, and personal care items. Today's event, which runs until 7 p.m. at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, is the precursor to tomorrow's Hope Fest at the same location.

From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow, the donated items will be distributed free of charge (on a first-come, first-served basis). The 23rd annual event provides needy Tucsonans with free groceries, clothing, medical services, dental services, haircuts, hygiene items, and a number of other services. Hope Network is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with many other Tucson nonprofits, government organizations, and businesses to help people living in poverty.

Last year, Hope Fest provided more than $1.5 million of goods and services to 16,000 Tucsonans in need of help.