PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today joined students from Benchmark Elementary School and Mountain Meadows Primary School to light the Arizona Capitol Christmas tree. The tree, a 25-foot Blue Spruce from Heber, Arizona, was donated by students from Mountain Meadows Primary School, which is part of the Heber-Overgaard Unified School District.
As part of the event, students from the Benchmark Elementary Choir performed holiday songs and Governor Ducey highlighted the state’s partnership with Bags of Love, which is collecting donations for Arizona’s children in need during the holidays.
“With the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree, the Christmas season is officially here!” said Governor Ducey. “There’s no more cheerful time of year, and this year, Arizona is celebrating the season of giving through a partnership between the Department of Child Safety and Bags of Love. Throughout the month of December, bins will be placed around the state Capitol where people can drop off clothes, school supplies and other donations for kids in need. My thanks to DCS, Bags of Love and all the students from Benchmark Elementary School and Mountain Meadows Primary School for making this holiday season so special.”
Bags of Love provides necessities and comfort items to children in Arizona. In partnership with the Department of Child Safety, the organization has set up donation boxes at the Capitol’s Executive Tower for items such as kids’ tearless shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, gift cards for teens and toys for kids aged 18 months to five years. The bags will be donated to Arizona kids in foster care.