Holiday Dinner Donations Being Collected

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the Christopher Kohl’s Fire Department is gearing up for a holiday dinner donation event for needy families in our community.

If you or someone you know is in need of a food box, please call and reserve one. Boxes filled with turkeys and other holiday food will be distributed on Wednesday, Nov. 25, by our firefighters.

Our goal is to put together 50 food boxes; any food that is left over will be donated to the local food bank in Payson.

A donation box has been set up at the Tall Pines Market. Please consider donating non-perishable food items at this location, or to make a monetary donation, please contact Christopher Kohl’s Fire Department at (928) 478-4011.

Decorating the loop

The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association (CCHA) will be decorating the Christopher Creek Loop at 10 a.m., Saturday Nov. 21. We will be starting at the fire station. We always need more volunteers. Come and join us and enjoy the outdoors! The lights are turned on Thanksgiving evening.

Christmas party for children

Upcoming events sponsored by CCHA are the Kids Christmas Party at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. Come and see Santa at the Christopher Kohl’s Fire Station and hear a Christmas story.

Bring canned or boxed food items to put in the food boxes.

Please let us know if you have children who would like to attend, call Judy Tolle at (928) 478-0508 for more information.

Golf, quad light parade

Dec. 12 is a busy day. The Christopher Creek Homeowners Association has also set that as the date for the quad and golf cart light parade. If you want to have fun come and join us that Saturday. We meet at the old Landmark. We plan to start at 6 p.m., so be about 10 minutes early.

We go at an easy pace around the community and end at the Creekside Restaurant.

The decorations and lights have been getting better every year! Many haul their quads, carts, and sand rails too, from the surrounding communities.

Cindy Fitch from Creekside has some things she’s cooking up, so we’re sure to have more updates on this too.

For any questions regarding the CCHA, call Judy Tolle at (928) 478-0508.

Water improvement group

I’d also like to introduce a newly formed community group called TWIG (Tonto Water Improvement Group) that has been formed to monitor and improve the waters of Tonto and Christopher creeks.

Their expressed purpose is to promote and improve the health of the Upper Tonto Creek Watershed Basin through education, environmental restoration, collaborative research, diverse community involvement and regional economic development.

The founding date was March 28. Since then they have been developing our bylaws and seeking legal status with the state and the federal government.

Presently they are in the process of trying to secure nonprofit status. This is a long, painstaking process and costly as well. Since they are just in the start-up mode, they do not have any funding as of yet and that is why they’ve asked for me to put this in the article and for your help.

Their nonprofit status with the federal government will cost about $1,000. This provides TWIG with a federal ID number that assures them of nonprofit status and the right to receive grants for nonprofit groups. It is essential that they be granted this classification for their ongoing projects that they envision. Any help that you can give them to enable TWIG to reach their goal would be deeply appreciated.

As you well know, without beautiful, clean water, the living standard and recreation appeal to the area becomes lessened. TWIG is a grassroots organization that is working on learning how they can manage their own resources in a timely and cost effective manner. Thank you for considering their request.

If interested, please e-mail Larry Fultz at laf1939@gmail.com. They’re trying to get all donations/funds together in the next 30 days.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: info@christophercreeklodge.com

Thanks again for reading the column.

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