Whether it’s the economy, the job market, or the high cost of living, Payson’s local charities are feeling the pinch this Christmas.
One of those charities is Santa’s List, the local toy drive organization that runs the Rim country’s Angel Tree program.
Brenda Martell, one of the Santa’s List volunteers, said as of today, there are 718 children, and 27 seniors or handicapped residents already signed up for the program, with another four days of registration to go.
The final numbers, she said, will most surely surpass last year’s record-breaking totals.
What has Martell and some of her cohorts concerned is that, so far this holiday season, Angel Tree adoptions are going slow.
To help ensure a brighter Christmas for Payson’s angels, here’s a little refresher course on how the Angel Tree program works:
Stop by any of the Angel Tree locations lanet Video, Country Kitchen, Rim Country Kids at Sawmill Crossing, St. Philip’s Church, Energy West and Wal-Mart nd select your angel off the tree.
Then head to your favorite Rim country store, and buy the special gift listed on the back of the Angel Tree ornament.
Bring the gift back to the Angel Tree location, and Santa’s List volunteers will make sure it gets distributed with the child’s other toys and food.
Here’s the tricky part: Presents must be returned to the Angel Tree locations by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. Any angels left on the tree after that day will be tossed back into the Santa’s List bundle, and these children will most likely not get their special wish this year.
Rim country residents, we urge you to dig deep this year to make Christmas brighter for those less fortunate than ourselves. Don’t let these children spend a year without Santa.