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    December 19, 2019
    Partnering with Helen’s Hope Chest and the #LoveUp Foundation, Johnjay & Rich Show host Rich Berra shared his books “The Tale of Christmas Steve” and “Christmas Steve Meets Christmas Carol with local kids living in foster care
    PHOENIX – December 18, 2019 – This week, Rich Berra, co-host of the nationally syndicated Johnjay & Rich radio Show and author of “The Tale of Christmas Steve” and “Christmas Steve Meets Christmas Carol,” stopped by Helen’s Hope Chest in Mesa to share his books with 3,000 children in foster care who receive services from the nonprofit. 
    Berra’s #LoveUp Foundation partnered with Cox Communications to donate 400 copies of “The Tale of Christmas Steve” to brighten the Christmas season for these children.
    Helen’s Hope Chest exists to instill love, security and self-worth in children who live in foster care. This happens at the Helen’s Hope Chest location in Mesa where children in foster care can visit their own “store” and pick out whatever they need at no cost. Clothing, personal hygiene items, school and baby supplies, blankets and stuffed animals are all available for the children to select. 
    “Creating special, memorable experiences for children living in the foster care system is core to the mission of the #Loveup Foundation,” said Berra. “Cox Communications understands the importance of making children in difficult situations feel the love of the community, and we are so thankful for their incredible generosity.”
    “The Tale of Christmas Steve” is a story about a small elf with a big heart, looking for where he belongs. With a dash of magic, Steve comes face to face with big guy himself, just in time to save the day. 
    “It’s gifts like ‘The Tale of Christmas Steve’ from Cox Communications that help us fulfill the legacy of Helen to love and protect children in foster care, no matter what, so they always feel valued,” said Katie Pompay, Executive Director of Helen’s Hope Chest. 
    About Helen’s Hope Chest
    Helen’s Hope Chest is a program of Mesa United Way founded in response to a 50% reduction in financial support for Arizona foster families following the financial crisis of 2009. Their facility in downtown Mesa offers foster and kinship families from across the state the opportunity to hand-pick clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, and much more free of cost. Helen’s Hope Chest also offers professional coaching and enrichment programs for aging out foster youth through their initiative, Foster 360. For more information, please visit www.helenshopechest.com.
    About the #LoveUp Foundation
    The Johnjay and Rich #LoveUp Foundation spreads love and kindness in our community while supporting our foster care system. Proceeds from the sale of Rich Berra’s Christmas Steve and Christmas Carol books have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the #LoveUp Foundation. #LoveUp Foundation programs include special events for children living in foster care, the Children’s Heart Gallery in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Child Safety and Christmas Wish on 104.7 KISS FM and nationally syndicated radio stations across the country.
    About Cox Communications
    Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in1898 by Governor James M. Cox.

    David Weissman
    david.weissman@myprbulldog.com, 602-670-7145