Think About The Food Bank And Kids This Holiday Season

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Tuesday, Nov. 13, is the 317th day of 2007. Next week is Thanksgiving and 39 days from then, it will be 2008.

Between now and 2008 the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Payson and Credit for Kids could use your support.

The food bank will enable more than 250 less-fortunate families to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey and trimmings.

The organization cannot provide this meal alone.

Bashas' is hosting Turkey Tuesday for St. Vincent's, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 20. Collection boxes will be at the store, 142 E. Highway 260, Payson.

St. Vincent de Paul's Food Bank will accept donations of turkeys, canned yams, cranberries, vegetables, boxes of stuffing and other Thanksgiving fare at 511 S. St. Phillips, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

In addition to the holiday meal, the food bank is always in need of peanut butter, macaroni and cheese mixes, pancake mix and syrup and tuna.

Credit for Kids is another way you can make a direct and positive impact on the community's youth.

The dollar-for-dollar Arizona tax credit also allows you to have a say where you want your hard-earned money spent.

Since you will be paying taxes anyway, it costs the taxpayer nothing to donate to Credit for Kids.

Married taxpayers may donate up to $400 per couple. Single taxpayers may donate up to $200.

Payson Unified School District is sending out a mailing to every Rim Country resident in the district Thursday that fully explains the credit.

Donors may give money to an individual school, club, team or activity.

Donors may also give to the Fine Arts Fund or Stadium Project.

The Longhorn auditorium was updated, five of the schools acquired musical instruments, a digital photography lab was begun and students were able to attend professional fine arts performances because of the $48,000 the Fine Arts Fund raised this past year.

A significant portion of this year's Fine Arts Fund will go toward improved lighting, acoustics and stage works at the community's only large-performance venue, the Longhorn Auditorium.

If your child goes to school in the Pine-Strawberry or Tonto Basin school district, they also accept Credit for Kids donations.

PUSD received $297,000, Pine and Strawberry received $56,250 and Tonto Basin received $21,000 in 2006 from the Credit for Kids program.

All donor options are worthy recipients.

Times are always tough for someone, donating to the food bank and giving our children arts and activities makes our world on the Rim a little bit sweeter.

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