Said the Shepherd Boy to the Little Lamb, “Do you See What I See, a Child, a Child is Waiting in the Night.”
That familiar Christmas song resonates through the ages — “Let Us Bring Him Goodness and Light!”
We in Payson have children waiting for food, for warmth, for escape from the scary situations they find themselves in.
Time Out Safehouse, Inc., Payson’s domestic violence shelter, has lost $200,000 dollars in grants this year. They provide that refuge from the storm.
Our safehouse never turns away anyone in need as was done in a Phoenix shelter. When that mom and three young children returned home she was stabbed 24 times in front of the children.
But wait, this is Christmas. Why are you telling me these gory details? I want tinsel and warmth and cookies and Santa.
Please, would you like to join us in not insulating ourselves from the brutality some live with? Do we really want to leave the child waiting in the night?
You can help now. Payson First Church of the Nazarene on Tyler Parkway is making sure that every child in the shelter has a new, age-appropriate outfit and toy for Christmas morning.
You can help too.
The constant need is for diapers. Several of the small children housed there wear diapers. Size 2, 3 and 4 are the sizes needed. Our church is holding a diaper drive over the holidays. Donations of those size diapers may be brought to our address, across from Home Depot. You will see our sign. As you drive into the campus you will see two visitor parking places and the glass doors ahead are the office, which is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26 and Dec. 31, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013. The phone number is (928) 474-5890.
The need won’t end in December. We will be most appreciative of diapers donated anytime of the year.
“Let us bring them goodness and Light!”
May God richly bless you and yours.
Patricia L. Frisbie