Compassion Never Goes Out Of Fashion

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The Senior Christmas Angel Tree stands decorated with the wishes of more than 100 Rim Country seniors in the lobby of First State Bank in Payson.

"Last year was such a hit we couldn't wait to do it again this year," Amy Hill said. Hill is the bank's assistant vice president and commercial loan officer

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Amy Hill wraps presents for the 2006 Senior Christmas Tree Angels drive.

Hill headed up the outreach last year at another bank.

This is the second year of the outreach that Hill intends to be an annual event.

The names of seniors who could benefit from an angel came from Inga DeVeaux, case manager for Gila Aging Services in Payson.

"All the tree tags were selected last year. The community was so supportive," Hill said.

PostNet printed out the tags, then seniors were able to include a personal request or choose from a list of items.

Those items include: a blanket, socks, stationery and stamps, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, towels, sundries and toiletries, nonperishable food items and gift cards.

The deadline to select a tag and drop off a gift is Monday, Dec. 17.

Then the wrapping and delivery begins.

Last year, Hill and Lana Day, who is the senior financial services representative at the bank, delivered more than 90 packages.

"The people were just unbelievable. Some of them were shocked, some were almost in tears. Just the joy you get from taking something to someone who really needed it... a little lady wanted us to stay and visit. It was nice to a part of her Christmas," Day said.

Contact Day or Hill for questions at (928) 468-5151.

Angel tags can be picked up at First State Bank which is at the end of the Bashas' Shopping Center and next to Sears.

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