Christmas is less than 200 hours away, but there is still time to help make the holiday happy for those in need in the Rim Country.
While the Angel Tree at Desert Schools Credit Union in Wal-Mart and several others have been cleared of cards expressing the Christmas wishes of children and seniors, there are still cards on the Angel Tree at National Bank of Arizona and Arizona State Credit Union.
Jenny Wager of National Bank said the cards remaining on their tree are for older boys. She is also coordinating the Salvation Army bell ringers and needs volunteers for this last weekend before Christmas.
The Optimists and the Public Safety Christmas for Kids program need help on distribution day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21 at Payson Village.
The last-minute packing will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with distribution from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cleanup afterward, said Irma Bramlet, who coordinates the Christmas food drive for the Optimists.
"If you even have only a couple of hours to help, we'd appreciate it," Bramlet said.
Is time at a premium right now? You can still help out those who are less fortunate, make a contribution of nonperishable food or funds to the Rim Country Food Bank at 511 S. St. Phillips Street, Payson. It is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The food bank can use the help of the public throughout the year, not just during the holidays.
All of these efforts make a big difference to those in need for a variety of reasons this Christmas season. There are also senior citizens who may have trouble getting out or completing their holiday shopping. You could check on your senior citizen neighbor this holiday and spread some good cheer by helping those who need help.
So, put on your Santa hat or reindeer antlers and spread some Christmas cheer.