During the week before Christmas, Payson residents can watch a convoy of police squad cars and fire engines going to homes to deliver toys and clothes to families in need.
The Christmas for Kids program relies primarily on money raised in the charity dinner and golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 16 and 17.
Christmas for Kids --ponsored by the Payson Police Department, the Gila County Sheriff's Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Gila County Attorney's Office -- allows many local families in need to have presents under the tree.
Participation is especially important this year because many of the toys collected for this Christmas were stolen or destroyed when vandals broke into the police impound yard in May.
Although police offered a $500 reward, the vandals were never caught and the toys never recovered.
Payson Police Det. Matt Van Camp said the event begins Thursday night at 6 p.m. with a steak dinner cookout at the Payson Golf Course.
During the dinner, golf teams will spin a "Wheel of Misfortune" and find out which officer will complete their foursome.
"If you want a particular cop on your team, you spin our wheel of misfortune which has dollar amounts on it," Van Camp said. "Whatever dollar amount it lands on is what you pay for that officer."
Van Camp said it costs $150 to spin the wheel plus whatever amount the wheel dictates.
"Businesses compete for certain cops," Van Camp said. "That's how we make money from the fund-raiser."
Tee time is noon on Friday, Sept. 17.
The entry fee for the tournament is $75 per person, which covers the green fees, golf cart and steak fry.
For more information, call Van Camp at (928) 474-5177.