With the holiday season right around the corner now is the time to start gift shopping. However, the gifts don’t need to only be for family members and friends. With so many needy children throughout The Valley, picking up an extra toy or two for children who might not be able to celebrate the holidays is a worthwhile cause.
And just because you’re buying a toy for a child, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a little gift in return. This is because Mesquite Fresh Street Mex is holding its second annual Toys for Tacos event.
There are eight Mesquite Fresh Street Mex restaurants spread throughout The Valley, all of which are family-owned by brothers Naser and Ahmad Alatrash. The brothers are hoping to collect at least 1,000 new toys, and for every toy guests donate they will receive a taco in return. All toys the restaurants receive will be given to the Phoenix Rescue Mission, which will then distribute the toys to children throughout Metro Phoenix.
Toys can be donated at any time between now and December 15. There’s no limit to the number of toys you can donate up until the cutoff point. However, you are asked to not wrap the gift but instead bring the toy, still in the package, to any one of the restaurants. Chances are, there is one in your neck of the woods, as Mesquite Fresh Street Mex restaurants are in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Surprise, Gilbert, and Mesa.
The restaurants are also taking in toiletries and nonperishable foods. So, if you’d like to give back and help a needy child, the next time you’re out shopping, consider picking a toy up.
If you’d like to know more about what specific toys are most desired, consider reaching out to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. You can contact the Mission and talk to a staff member about what kinds of toys are best. There are also other ways to donate to the Phoenix Rescue Mission if you’re interested in lending assistance in ways other than toy donations. And keep in mind the rescue mission takes in donations not only during the holidays but the rest of the year.
Mesquite Fresh Street Mex has been running here in The Valley since the original Old Town Scottsdale location opened in 2015. With a motto of, “Authentic Meets Modern,” the local restaurant chain is looking to deliver not only fresh street Mexican food but toys for children this holiday season.