Once again, local citizens are being called on to open their hearts and their wallets to assist people in need.
This time, collections will be sent internationally to give basic personal care products to those who have suffered from natural disasters.
Members of the Payson First Church of the Nazarene have placed collection boxes at Bashas', Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Safeway, Walgreens and Wal-Mart for donations of specific items such as toothbrushes and tissues, combs and nail clippers.
"There are people with needs out there," said church secretary Nancy Unruh. "Once you go through (a disaster), it is very debilitating and you are in shock and you need to know there are people out there that care."
Because of the generosity of others around the world, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries was able to assist over 145,000 disaster relief kits to human beings affected by drought in Africa, hurricanes in the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico and Central America and earthquakes in South Asia and Indonesia.
The list of items is specific because the boxes are mailed overseas.
Each Crisis Care Kit will contain1 12- to 18-ounce bottle of shampoo2 bars of soap, bath size or larger1 4 to 6.4 ounce tube of toothpaste3 packaged toothbrushes1 box of Band-Aids, 30 or more1 fingernail clipper1 sturdy hair comb2 hand towels4 pocket-size packages of facial tissue1 Beanie Baby-sized stuffed toy
One deviation may cause an entire shipment to be rejected.
Individual items, whole kits and tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted.
If someone collects all the items, it would be helpful if those items were put in a two-gallon Ziploc bag.
"Hopefully, there won't be any more big disasters for a while, but when they come we want to be ready to help."
The collection boxes will be in place through the month of February.
"Now is the time to help others who have had their world torn apart and are, many times, left with nothing," Unruh said.