On Sunday, Dec. 9, the women of The Rim Club and Chaparral Pines hosted a Christmas Tea benefiting Payson homeless students, dubbing it a “Christmas Shoe In.”
The women brought new sneaker-type shoes and contributed $1,000 to support the Payson Unified School District Homeless Student Program.
This Payson student assistance event began several years ago when the Rim women hosted a luncheon collecting “hoodies” for Payson school students as the donation.
Last year, Chaparral Pines hosted a tea asking attendees to bring gift cards from local merchants to be used by the schools.
This year, due to the Payson Roundup recently featuring a series of articles about the homeless students in the Rim Country, Jackie Badger, chairperson of the Christmas Tea, was inspired to address the needs of these children during the 2012 event.
Susan Campbell, the school liaison agreed and suggested how best to meet the most urgent need now — shoes!
The Payson High School choral group, directed by Daria Mason, further highlighted the youth of Payson, by performing for the ladies at the tea.
It was an amazing performance of Christmas music, and the audience thrilled at the music and talent of these young people.
The enthusiasm for this annual event grows dramatically each year. This year’s participation expanded by 30 percent. As a result, over 70 pairs of new sneakers, including socks, were brought by the ladies to the party and more than $1,000 was contributed by those who preferred to let the school district select what is most needed.
Committee planning members were: Doris Weakley, Lee Story, Donna Goth and Christa Lee.
The week after the tea, committee members Christa Lee, Jackie Badger and Lee Story delivered more than 75 pairs of new shoes to Susan Campbell at the Payson Unified School District offices.