March 26 stop is part of week-long caravan that delivers kindness, donations to Phoenix Metro, Flagstaff, Prescott, Tucson from March 22-26

Putting safety first in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fiesta Bowl Organization and Desert Financial Credit Union will share kindness statewide with a travelling tour called Kindness Arizona. The caravan will stop at AFFCF on March 26 with a drive-thru clothing giveaway for children in foster care.

With many schools just now reopening for in-person learning, this donation will help the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, along with our partners Assistance League of Phoenix and BHHS Legacy Foundation, provide children in foster care with new clothing.

“This giveaway is a fun way to help foster families,” said Kris Jacober, Executive Director for AFFCF. “We are so grateful to the Fiesta Bowl and Desert Financial for the resources that allow us to better serve children in foster care.”

“Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Kindness Arizona spreads our impact throughout Arizona to support those who need additional resources. AFFCF means so much to the state that we’re honored to help them make additional impact,” said Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Mike Nealy. “Desert Financial shares a giving mindset and servant leadership, which will make Kindness Arizona a difference-maker for thousands of Arizona residents.”

Kindness Arizona efforts will include funds to schools and community groups, revitalizing facilities, donating hygiene kits and performing random acts of kindness in every location to surprise people in need. Desert Financial and the Fiesta Bowl chose local organizations that aid the lives of Arizonans in the areas of youth, education and supporting front-line workers.

“The next step in the Kindness Revolution, Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Kindness Arizona brings people together in a spirit of goodwill,” said Jeff Meshey, President and CEO of Desert Financial Credit Union. “While we practice health and safety, we want to make a difference for some of the people affected most by COVID-19 and we’re excited to add this innovative component to our enduring partnership with Fiesta Bowl Charities.”

In lieu of staging events in front of large gatherings of fans, Kindness Arizona celebrates the goodness within our communities, meets the most pressing and supports organizations and people who are improving lives within their communities. The surprise nature of the event will bring smiling faces and memorable reactions, inspiring others to take part in the #KindnessRevolution.


Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation creates opportunities to build self-esteem and empower youth in foster care by funding services to enrich their life experiences and ensure their successful transition to adulthood. In 1984, AFFCF granted its first award, paying $29.61 for an eight year-old boy in Prescott to take flute lessons. Since then, AFFCF has paid more than $13 million in awards, serving nearly 70,000 children across Arizona.


Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans during and outside of college football bowl season. As a nonprofit organization, it is driven by its vision for the importance of community outreach and service. Through the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl, Guaranteed Rate Bowl and its year-round events, such as the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, corporate partnerships and numerous community events throughout the year, the organization provides charitable giving to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that serve communities through youth, sports and education. Learn more at and @Fiesta_Bowl on Twitter.


Celebrating more than 80 years in years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s largest local credit union with $6 billion in assets, 350,000+ members and 47 branches. Membership eligibility is open across Arizona with contactless solutions via eBranch, making it easy to call, click or come in. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial takes pride in sharing success. In 2020, members received $14 million in dividends via the Member Giveback Bonus, and Desert Financial gave more than $5 million in COVID-19 relief plus donations, scholarships and Random Acts of Kindness to our members, community and team. Learn more about the credit union difference at Desert Financial Credit Union and find news and information @desertfinancial on Twitter.

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