Teens Light Up Food Bank Spirits


The decision by Payson High School football players and spirit lines to help re-supply almost-empty shelves at the Pine Strawberry Food Bank has Lisa Sieracki spewing superlatives.

"Those teenagers' actions show they have good hearts and good moral values," she said. "They are thoughtful and care about others."


The committee responsible for the recent Chair-ish Auction recently presented Chuck and Barbara Casey with a quilt by the DPS Quilt Angels to say thanks for all their help at the fund-raiser. The couple, known as Trouble in Paradise, provided the entertainment at the event.

Sieracki, an administrative assistant at the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department who also volunteers at the food bank, praised the teens while she sorted through four large boxes of food collected Aug. 22 at the Longhorn vs. Camp Verde football scrimmage.

A can of food was charged as admission to the scrimmage after the players, cheerleaders and Friends and Neighbors (FAN) Club learned the food bank was in need.

Payson High School football coach Josh Anderson and spirit line sponsor Kristy Ford say they are happy their groups could lend a helping hand.

Ford also said "the food bank needs even more" and she hopes that other groups get behind the effort to keep the shelves well stocked.

If you'd like to contribute, all that needs to be done is collect food you'd like to donate and drop it off at the Pine Fire Station administrative office or at the Strawberry Fire Station.

Also, boxes for food contributions will be set at the Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction booth at the Labor Day arts and crafts festivals.

Caseys honored

Minutes prior to the Aug. 20 Fiddlers Jam held at the Cultural Center, the Chair-ish Auction Committee presented a handmade quilt to the musical duo of Chuck and Barbara Casey as a thank you for their participation in the last auction. The Caseys, also known as Trouble in Paradise, provided the music for the festive fund-raiser, which was held Aug. 2.

More than $10,000 was raised at the benefit.

The DPS Quilt Angels donated the quilt given to the Caseys.

Bashas' Shop & Give

Pine Strawberry Food Bank and Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library want readers to know they are participating in the annual fund-raising program sponsored by Bashas'.

The fund-raiser begins Sept. 1 and continues through March 31.

It was pointed out that I incorrectly called, in an earlier column, the program the "Thanks a Million" fund-raiser. Bashas' has "re-energized" the old program and renamed it "Shop & Give."

The program is tied to Bashas' customers' "Thank You" cards and makes it simple for us to help out. All shoppers need to do is give the recipient ID number to the clerk upon checkout and it will be linked to the card. It is only necessary to do it one time and you may have three groups designated on your card.

If you participated last year, it is necessary to link the group ID to your Bashas' card this year or purchases will not count.

After March 31, Bashas' will donate 1 percent of the total sales linked to each group's ID number. Participating groups can earn up to a $5,000 donation. If you choose to have more than one group on your card, the donations will equally be divided. To receive a check, active charities must earn a minimum of $25.

The important part of the program is to write the donation numbers down and be sure to link them to your card.

Giving doesn't cost and it will greatly help out our local organizations.

Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library's ID number is 23302 and the P/S Food Bank is 28855.

Arts and Crafts Festival

The PS Arts and Craft Guild will have its final festival of the summer season during Labor Day weekend Aug. 30 and 31. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

More than 80 vendors will be on hand to tempt you with creative crafts, beautiful artwork and mouth-watering food and drink.

Also, stop by the boutique in the senior center arts and crafts room and check out the great crafts on display and for sale. This is an opportune time to start your Christmas shopping.

Proceeds from the event are used to help nonprofit organizations in Pine and Strawberry.

Labor Day Book Sale

The Library Friends Labor Day Book Sale is a chance to pick up some reading material in anticipation of cozy fall and winter afternoons by the fire. Also, there is always someone on your holiday shopping list who will appreciate a good book.

The book sale will be held in the library activity room behind the community center in Pine. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, Aug. 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 30; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 31.

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