Have holiday stress? A fix might be doing just a little more for those who have a lot less.
Volunteering or helping with one of the many charity projects in the Rim country could make a difference for you and those you are helping.
There are a number of projects available to contribute to during the holiday season -- and throughout the year.
Three that are especially easy to donate to are the Angel Tree program, the Christmas food drive, and the campaign to collect food, treats and more for the Payson Humane Society.
The Rim country's Angel Trees went up last week at Wal-Mart, Energy West, Country Kitchen, Planet Video and Rim Country Kids. On the trees are tags with the name, age and desires of the many area angels who will have a happier Christmas with a little help from their neighbors.
Buy one of the gifts listed on the tag and return it unwrapped to the place where you made your selection. The elves working on Santa's List will collect the gifts and make sure they are delivered for Christmas morning.
The Santa's List program also has drop boxes around the community. These are at Safeway, Bashas', Rim Country Kids, Rim Country Lanes, Rim Country Cellular, Homespun Memories and Jack in the Box.
To make monetary contributions to Santa's List, the Santa Bank is at Planet Video, or funds can be left at the Payson Roundup office or mailed to Santa's List, P.O. Box 1642, Payson, AZ 85547.
Last year, the Santa's List program through its Angel Trees and drop boxes, supplied gifts to 945 Rim country residents.
Once again the Optimist Club, working with Payson businesses and individuals, is collecting food to provide boxes of ingredients for a nice holiday dinner and a few other meals to your neighbors in need of help.
To make donating more fun, raffles will be held at participating businesses on Dec. 19. The donation of each non-perishable food item will be rewarded with a raffle ticket.
The businesses and their raffle prizes include:
- Club USA, Sawmill Crossing, three-month club certificate;
- Comforts of Home, Bonanza Square, $100 gift certificate;
- Crosswinds Restaurant, at the airport, ten $10 gift certificates;
- Curves, 242 E. Highway 260, three-month club certificate;
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Beeline Highway, one day free rental
- Exclusive Refinishing, 201 N. Tonto, four-wheel alignment, plus a lube, oil and filter change (excluding diesel);
- Flowers by June, Sawmill Crossing, $25 gift certificate;
- Homespun Memories, 401 W. Main St., $150 gift basket;
- Knotty Pine Cafe, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, $20 gift certificate;
- Payson Athletic Club, 400 E. Highway 260, Suite 5, three-month club certificate;
- Rim Country Cellular, Safeway Shopping Center, $25 gift certificate;
- Sav-Mor Foods, $50 gift certificate;
- Star Valley Storage, Highway 260 in Star Valley, one month's rent on a 5x10 unit;
- Wells Fargo, Safeway Shopping Center, $200 Savings Bond; and
- Whims & Creative Living, Bonanza Square, gift basket.
Boxes for food drops are also at Bashas' and Safeway, but neither is in the raffle.
Volunteers are also needed for the project. Anyone interested in helping, can call (928) 472-2264 for more information.
The Payson Humane Society's holiday food and supply drive is under way. Special white dumpsters with white spots are around town, just waiting to be filled with pet food, cleaning supplies, blankets, dog and cat toys, towels, wash cloths, litter boxes and litter, leashes and collars, bowls, paper towels and washable, foam cat beds.
The food preferred includes adult dog and puppy formulas by Purina or Pedigree in the yellow bag, Purina Kitten Chow and Cat Chow.
The drop-off dumpsters are at Bashas', Safeway and Payson Feed and Pet Supply. Or a contribution can be made at the shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road.
Large donations will even be picked up. Call (928) 474-5590 for more information.