The Pena family needs help keeping 10 children. A donation drive is set up for Saturday. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The Maricopa Real Estate Company and the F.O.R. Maricopa will join forces on Saturday to host a donation drive for Vivian and Manuel Peña.

For the last 13 years, the elderly couple has brought 12 of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren into their four-bedroom home. Currently, 10 children still live in their home. They have used every penny they made and receive from social security to keep the children with food in their stomachs, clothes on their backs and a roof over their head.


In an effort to provide assistance to the Peña family, as well as delay any decision by Department of Child Safety to remove the youngest children, the F.O.R. Maricopa and the Maricopa Real Estate Company have teamed up help.

On Saturday, the food bank will accept donations of clothes, furniture, money and goods at their location at 44625 W. Garvey Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon. The Maricopa Real Estate Company will also host a donation drive for small goods and monetary donations at their location at 21300 N. John Wayne Parkway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to F.O.R. Maricopa, the Peña family needs:

Money to help fix their current home and find another trailer to put on their property for their daughter and her children to live in.
–    4 twin beds
–    Kitchen table
–    Kitchen island
–    Couches
–    Dressers
–    5T shirts and size 10 shoes
–    Size 7 or 8 pants and shirts, and size 13 shoes
–    Size 10 to 12 shirts and pants, and size 5 shoes
–    Large shirt and 28×30 pants, and size 7.5 shoes
–    Medium shirt and 28×32 pants, and size 8.5 shoes
–    Medium shirts and 30×30 pants
Girls Clothes:
–    Small, medium and large shirts
–    Size 6, 6.5, 7.5, 8 and 8.5 shoes
–    Size 16 pants and 14 to 16 shirts
Household items:
–    8 sets of twin sheets
–    3 sets of queen sheets
–    10 to 15 bath towels
–    Kitchen towels
–    Wash clothes
–    10 blankets or twin comforters
–    3 queen comforters
–    7 sets of 58 inch by 45.5 inch curtains (blackout to hold out heat is best)
–    4 sets of 58 inch by 29 inch curtains (blackout to hold out heat is best)
–    1 set of 25 inch by 28 inch curtains (blackout to hold out heat is best)

Peña family simply wants to keep the children at home with family.

“Anything helps,” Vivian Peña said.



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