Dec 4 2013 12:00:00:000AM
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TEP Sponsors Toy Parade for Abused, Neglected Children on Saturday, Dec. 7

Tucson, Ariz. – Hundreds of motorcyclists will hold a toy drive on wheels to collect toys for abused and neglected children during the 2013 “Kruzin’ 4 Kids Holiday Parade” on Saturday, Dec. 7 to benefit Aviva Children’s Services, a nonprofit organization.

The parade is sponsored by Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and co-sponsored by the American Legion Riders of District 2; the American Legion, Department of Arizona District 2; 96.1 KLPX FM; and Tucson Harley-Davidson. The parade procession begins at noon on Saturday at Reid Park’s Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way.

All proceeds of the parade will benefit Aviva Children’s Services, a Tucson-based non-profit agency that provides a variety of services to children who have experienced abuse or neglect, have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care.

The cost to participate is $20 per rider and $5 per passenger. Passengers under age 12 ride for free. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Each rider must bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation. Non-riders may also pay a $5 entry fee to attend an after party at American Legion Post 7. Additionally, a pre-registration party will be held on Friday, December 6, 4-8 p.m. at American Legion Post 7. Riders also may register the morning of the event or by visiting

2013 Kruzin’ 4 Kids Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 7, 2013

  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Registration at Reid Park’s Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way
  • 12 p.m. – Parade procession begins. Ride ends at Morgan McDermott American Legion Post 7, 330 W. Franklin St.

Monetary donations, gift cards and new, unwrapped toys may also be donated directly to Aviva Children’s Services. For questions or comments, contact Aviva at (520) 327-6779. In addition to managing several programs for children in the care of Child Protective Services (CPS), Aviva also solicits in-kind goods and donations to help fund special needs of children, facilitates visits between foster children and their birth families, and provides ongoing parental support for reunited families

Aviva is one of the 15 nonprofit organizations that last month received funding through TEP’s Grants That Make a Difference, which are intended to help improve the health and well-being of at-risk children, families and seniors. TEP presented $10,000 to help fund Aviva’s academic support program for children in foster care.

TEP donated approximately $1.5 million last year to more than 400 nonprofit agencies and other groups in Southern Arizona through charitable grants from shareholder funds, in-kind contributions and the volunteer service of employees. TEP’s employee volunteer program, the Community Action Team (CAT), is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Members of TEP’s CAT have contributed more than a half-million hours of their personal time over the last 20 years.

TEP provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 412,000 customers in southern Arizona. To learn more, visit For more information about UNS Energy Corporation, visit

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