Please welcome Julieanne Reeves to the ‘vert today!
Christmas is a mere 27 days away. While most of us are just getting into the swing of Christmas, Public Safety personnel in Payson, Arizona—the real life counterpart to the fictional setting for my novel, Razing Kayne—have been working on Christmas all year long.
For nearly two decades police and fire personnel, along with other public safety associations in, and around, Payson, have been raising funds for needy children. During the summer they host a golf tournament, commencing with a steak dinner and officer auction, and ending with a spirited antic-filled game of golf. Clubs and organizations hold fundraisers and sell raffle tickets. This year will mark the 24th year of Tamale’s for Toys. Three-thousand tamales will be made by volunteers within the public safety community and sold at the event. And the list goes on; all this to ensure that every child in the community is visited by Santa.
Last year Public Safety Christmas For Kids provided Christmas for nearly 300 children in a community of approximately 20,000 residents. But for the brave men and women – our every-day heroes – Christmas doesn’t end at fundraising. Once the money’s been raised, and the children chosen, is when the real fun begins. Each child/family is paired up with one of Santa’s uniform-wearing elves, and they take to the aisles to shop.
Last year each child received more than $50 in needed clothes shoes and toys. To many of us $50 is the price of a video console game for one of our kids; to these children it’s just short of a miracle. To the men and women wearing the uniform, these moments are unforgettable.
I’ve had the privilege of participating in some of these events in years past, and I can honestly tell you there is nothing more beautiful than the smile on the face of a child who benefits from programs such as these or the matching one on an officer’s face as the interact with these precious children.
Thankfully this type of program is not limited to hometowns like Payson. Police and Fire departments around the nation, in cities big and small, participate in brining Christmas to children in need. So, during this holiday season as you’re out fulfilling your own Santa’s list, I hope you take a moment to grab an extra toy or two and drop it by your local police or fire station. If you’d like to make a monetary donation simply look up the NON-emergency administration number for your local police or fire department, and they’ll be able to put you in contact with the right person. And if you know of a child or family in need, please get them in contact with that person as well.
Now for the giveaway: What is something you and your family do to get into the Christmas spirit? Leave a message below. I’m giving away two e-books of Razing Kayne, the first book in my Walking a Thin Blue Line police series (ah, see, there’s the tie-in)
Blurb: For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reasons for living.
Jessica Hallstatt became a widow and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven’t begun to heal.
When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey-colored eyes and sassy dimple. He knows she and her children are a forever type package, and he’s vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another.
The author: Julieanne Reeves is a third generation Arizonan with a background in Police-Fire-911 Communications. When she’s not spending time spoiling her two wonderful children, she enjoys reading and writing steamy romantic suspense. Having had the privilege of working with some of the finest Law Enforcement Officers in the nation, it’s little wonder her heroes carry a firearm and badge. Julieanne currently lives in the Phoenix-Metro area, but hopes to one day return to the mountain town that inspired her Walking A Thin Blue Line series.
Buy the book here RAZING KAYNE