The organization, Public Safety Christmas for Kids (PSCFK), has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit charity (a 501c3). The organization is comprised of representatives and volunteers from: Payson Fire Department, Payson Police Department, Gila County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, Gila County Attorney’s Office, Payson Courts and Payson Police Volunteers.
The organizations’ sole purpose is to raise funds and use those funds to purchase Christmas gifts for the children from families with limited income. In many cases, the gifts provided by PSCFK are the only gifts these children receive. All funds raised through the efforts of the PSCFK are used solely to provide a happy holiday for these children.
Funds are raised through three major events each year, a food booth at the July 4th celebration in Green Valley Park, a golf tournament in August as well as some smaller events and Tamales for Toys in December. Any and all expenses incurred by this organization in their fund-raising efforts detract from the amount available for these children.
Thanks to those who supported the fund-raising efforts at the July 4th food tent and those who will support the golf tournament and Tamales for Toys, there will be Christmas in Payson.
However, the powers that be, that oversee the use of town resources, find it necessary to charge for the use of space in Green Valley Park. Had the PSCFK organization not been able to find a suitable alternative to renting space in the park, some of the funds raised so our less fortunate families could have a happy holiday, would have to have been diverted to the town’s coffers as rent.
While I understand that our town finances are extremely tight, I didn’t realize that we are in such a desperate condition that we would need to take money from our children.
Thanks again to all of you who support the Public Safety CFK efforts.