Celebrate Thanksgiving By Giving

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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you most grateful for on this holiday? Most of us would undoubtedly begin with our families, health and homes. There are many, however, in these economic times, who do not have such blessings. If you are able, share some of your abundance with others by giving to the food bank, Payson Community Kids, Time Out Shelter, the Salvation Army or any of Rim Country’s philanthropic organizations that assist those in need.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store 

If you don’t want to make Thanksgiving dinner yourself, celebrate a day early with lunch at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Nov. 21. A full menu of turkey with dressing, glazed yams, green bean casserole, whole wheat roll, pumpkin pie and beverage will be served. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876. The Center will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 in observance of the holiday.

“Anything Goes” performs at 10 a.m. every Tuesday in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The group is comprised of three multi-talented performers: Larry Brasen, Anne James and Robert Tarallo. The program is free and open to the public.

The Senior Center is looking to start a Euchre group — players interested should contact Denise at the Center or by calling the above phone number. Currently, the Center offers dominos, canasta, bridge, pinochle and other games. Stop in the lobby to pick up a full monthly schedule of activities.

New winter hours at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store will be closed for Thanksgiving, but will reopen Friday, Nov. 23 for Black Friday sales, which will include buy two garments and get a third one free. Household items are 50 percent off the marked prices.  Christmas items and decorations also are on display at very reasonable prices.

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store 

The Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, which operates the Thrift Shop and Community Dining Hall, has a new Web site. You can contact them at www.pinestrawberry scaf.com. The store is currently featuring unique holiday decorations, beautiful evening wear for those holiday parties and gift items. It is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, but will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Eve.

The Community Dining Hall is open for lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m.  Any senior age 50 or older is welcome. A full meal is $4 for SCAF members and $5 for non-members. The salad bar is $2.50 for members and $3 for non-members. Call 476-2151 to make reservations. Meals on Wheels are also available weekdays.

Tamales For Toys

I can hardly wait until Dec. 1 when Tamales for Toys will be held to benefit Payson Community Kids. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gerardo’s Firewood Café, at 512 N. Beeline Highway, and will feature an eat-in meal of two tamales, beans, chips and salsa for $6 or a new and unwrapped toy. A dozen tamales can also be ordered to go with free delivery in town for $15 pre-ordered by Nov. 26 or $20 on the day of the event. To pre-order, call (928) 978-3256 or (928) 951-3653. PCK is partnering with the Payson Fire Department, Mazatzal Optimists’ Club, Gerardo’s Firewood Café, Northern Gila County Firefighters Local 4135 and Rim County residents with proceeds benefiting PCK. This is the 24th consecutive year the event has been held. Just think how many kids have had a happier Christmas because of it. And just think how many Paysonites have enjoyed the yummy treat! I know I will!

Think about it: Consideration for others can mean taking a wing instead of a drumstick.

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