Christmas Is Coming Too Fast For Some Charities


Christmas Eve is 15 weeks from today. It's not too soon to make plans to help the less fortunate. In fact, in light of recent developments, it is imperative if the season is to be a success.

Two different organizations have projects in place to get the annual toy drives under way during September.

Santa's List, the Rim country's primary toy drive, has fallen on hard times. Two of its main fund-raisers --he June Bug Blues Festival and selling glow ropes at the Fourth of July --ere canceled this year. The charity's bank account is $10,000 below where it should be for this time of the year, which could mean not as many presents under the Christmas tree for the 1,200 children they expect to serve this year.

Santa's List has launched Christmas in September -- campaign that will have Angel Trees at several businesses around the community: Blockbuster Video, Country Kitchen, Energy West, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, One Dollar Superstore, Planet Video and Wal-Mart. The trees will be decorated with angels listing generic gift suggestions.

Area law enforcement agencies and the Gila County Attorney's office are scrambling to restock their gift supply for the Christmas for Kids program. Most of the toys that were going to be distributed were either stolen or destroyed when vandals broke into the police impound yard in May. To raise the funds needed to replace the loss, there is a golf tournament planned Sept. 17.

Charity took another blow last week when the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank was burglarized and about $1,600 in food was stolen. The food bank provides for the less fortunate of all ages throughout the year. There are collection bins for non-perishable food at local grocery stores.

To help our neighbors now and at Christmas, visit one of the businesses with Angel Trees this month or call (928) 585-8697; give Det. Matt Van Camp a call at (928) 474-5177 to see how to help the Christmas for Kids program; and buy some extra groceries to help out the food bank.

Dig a little deeper into your bank account this month and help make a difference for your neighbors in need.

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