Making Christmas brighter for the communityJan 05, 2023 11:25AM ● By Cindi Mansell
Mayor Tami Tran and other volunteers who helped with Kaysville GIVES. More than 120 families were served this Christmas. Courtesy photo
Want to know what Christmas preparation looks like for 120+ families? It consists of countless volunteer hours, hundreds of Amazon boxes, more than 2,000 gift tags taken and lots of financial donations from Kaysville residents and businesses. These are the helpers that come to the rescue to create Christmas miracles and make the Kaysville GIVES Fill the Fire Truck event a tremendous success.
Thousands of dollars’ worth of new clothing and toys were donated for families in need this season. Event organizer, Mindi Edstrom puts in a ton of work for this event, and it always pays off well. “What an overwhelming day of emotions,” she said. The committee starts working on the project in August and there have been hundreds of hours donated to help put this together.
“There is no way that one person could pull this off but thanks to our amazing residents and business, we were able to fill over 2,000 gifts to students in our elementary schools, junior highs, high schools, the women’s shelter, Mountain High and Head Start.” They were also able to donate toys and clothes to the Davis Foundation.
This project success would not be possible without the generous donors and volunteers, Edstrom said. She would like to give special thanks to donors Tyson Smith, Reading Horizons, Young Truck and Trailer and their foundation, Young Caring for our Young, Gardner and Crista Crane and Russon Brothers Mortuary. Also, to Mayor Tami Tran, Kaysville City Council and Youth Council, City Administration, Parks and Recreation, Power, Karen Dent, Emily Murphy, Shanna Barker, Shannivee Frasure, Ogden Davis High Performing Arts and the Fire Department for running behind the scenes.