November 11, 2011
The residents and businesses of the Rim Country deserve a big thank you for their generosity as the area approaches what promises to be one of the tougher holiday seasons in recent memory. Two businesses recently stepped forward with their annual campaigns to help area food banks and other service organizations. Paper and Metal Scrappers has held a food drive for the past month — it concludes Nov. 16. Owners Barbara and Brenda invited their regular customers to bring in cans of food to donate to both St. Vincent de Paul and the Community Presbyterian Church food bank. As of Thursday, Nov. 10, more than 233 pounds had been donated, plus cash contributions. This is the seventh year of the food drive. Payson Concrete has held a special campaign to raise funds for area charities for about the past 15 years, according to Tim Hughes. Each year the company gives a $5 discount on any load of materials for residential projects with the donation of a can of food for the food banks. For any job where concrete is poured at a residence, the company puts $2.50 in a kitty and divides it among several area charities. This year, Payson Concrete was able to give $1,000 each to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, the Humane Society of Central Arizona, Time Out Inc. and Special Olympics. Hughes said there were quite a few contractors who participated with food and cash contributions even though they did not have any work.
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Kaitie’s Closet’s Annual New Shoe Drive is being held in November and December this year to help kids in need get through the winter with new, warm shoes. There are several locations where pink boxes are located in which to drop off the shoes. Look for them at all elementary schools, Walmart, Beeline Business Equipment, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso, Tiny’s Restaurant, Payson Physical Therapy and Central Arizona Board of Realtors.