One of the joys of small-town life is experiencing the good cheer of the holiday season, and once again the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the Rim country.
It would be impossible to mention all the acts of goodwill that help to make our community the special place it is, but a few deserve individual mention.
Santa's List is once again supplying toys and gift packages to hundreds of children and less fortunate adults. The Rim Country Optimist Club is conducting its annual Community Christmas Food Drive. The Rim Country Rotary-sponsored Payson Canned Food Drive is also under way.
In addition virtually every church in town has adopted a family or two for the holidays, and groups and organizations like the Law Enforcement "Christmas for Kids," Mazatzal Casino, Tamales for Toys and many others too numerous to mention are out and about making sure Christmas is a joyous time for each and every resident.
Our community's young people are doing their part as well. A story on the front page of today's Roundup recounts the Spirit Chain project undertaken by the Family, Career, Community Leaders of America -- a club at Rim Country Middle School associated with the family and consumer sciences program.
This group of 11 students energized the school to donate $744.50 in dimes to purchase gifts for 11 children adopted off the Santa's List Angel Tree at Wal-Mart. And they intentionally chose children in their own age bracket because they are usually the last to be adopted.
The spirit of the holidays also prevails on a personal level in the Rim country. More than 50 of you showed up last Saturday at Payson Senior Circle to participate in a bone marrow donor drive to help Amy von Somogyi who was recently diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.
Oscar Correa of the National Marrow Donor Program in the Valley said the turnout was unprecedented for a town the size of Payson.
But what is most impressive is that Rim country residents can be counted on to support and care for one another, not just during the holidays but year-round, and that is what makes living in the Rim country most special.
Benjamin Franklin put it about as well as it can be put when he said, "A good conscience is a continual Christmas."
From all of us at the Payson Roundup and The Rim Review to all of you, have a joyous holiday season. And thank you for making Payson a special place to live.