Thanks To Those Who Contributed To Clothe-A-Child Program

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Editor:

We would like to acknowledge the merchants and businesses in the Payson area who contributed to our 10th annual Clothe-A-Child Program and would appreciate your printing the following:

Tom Jones, Master of Payson Masonic Lodge

#70, its officers and members wish to thank local merchants and businesses who helped fund its 10th annual Clothe-A-Child Program held Saturday, Dec. 19. Fifty needy children from Pine-Strawberry, Payson, Frontier, Tonto Basin and Julia Randall elementary schools participated. The children were all selected by their schoolteachers and health specialists and showed up bright and early at 7 a.m. where they were paired up with a chaperone then served a hot breakfast of sausage, pancakes and juice before boarding a Payson School District bus for a short ride to Walmart escorted by Payson Police volunteers.

A total of $5,200 was spent at Walmart providing warm clothing to each child.

After returning to the Payson Masonic Center the children enjoyed hot cocoa and cake and were treated to face painting, a clown and a visit by Santa Claus who presented each child with an age-appropriate toy or game.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to these generous merchants and businesses who helped make this program successful:

Mazatzal Casino, Walmart, Chris Smith Investments, Cookie Cutters Hair Salon, George Henry’s Plumbing Service, Messinger Funeral Home, Payson Concrete, Payson Jewelers, Printing by George, Quality Plus Stationery, Rim Country Cellular, Salvation Army Service and the Rim Barber Shop in Pine.

The Payson Masonic Lodge #70 was chartered in 1973 and is active in other community affairs affairs including community blood drives, Masonic child identification program and its annual deep pit barbecue scheduled for June 19. For additional information about the Payson Masonic Lodge #70, go to paysonmason.org or contact Richard Skoglund at (928) 970-1169.

Richard Skoglund

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