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12/7/2012 6:01:00 AM
Dispatchers send out call for STAR program children
ERIN TAYLOR/MinerKingman Police Officer Association members Stacy Mayo and Brian Zach present Mindy Carter with Arizona Children’s Association a check for $250 for the association’s coffers to be used for their angel tree.

Kingman Police Officer Association members Stacy Mayo and Brian Zach present Mindy Carter with Arizona Children’s Association a check for $250 for the association’s coffers to be used for their angel tree.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

Correction: Friday's story about the angel trees for children in the Arizona's Children Association STAR program contained incorrect contact information for people wanting to make a cash donation to the program. To make sure the donation goes directly to Kingman kids in the program contact Mindy Carter at or by calling (928) 279-1776.

KINGMAN - The dispatchers at the Kingman 911 call center are working hard to make the lives of some local children a little brighter on Christmas day.

The dispatchers are collecting gifts for 117 area children in the Arizona's Children Association STAR program, said April Hanss. The group has 11 angel trees with tags set up in Kingman, Golden Valley and Dolan Springs. The trees in Kingman are located at the Wells Fargo Bank at 3940 Stockton Hill Road, Mother Road Harley-Davidson, Kingman Regional Medical Center, Dora's Beale Street Deli, the Mission Bank at the corner of Stockton Hill Road and Northern Avenue and at both Walgreens and both Denny's. The last Kingman tree is located in the dispatch center.

There are also trees at Caroline's Café in Golden Valley and Mail N' More in Dolan Springs.

"Kim Budka from Silver Sage and Tom Howell were really helpful in getting thing coordinated with Walgreens and Wells Fargo," Hanss said.

Arizona Children's Association is a non-profit organization that provides more than 40 different services for parents, children in difficult circumstances and foster children.

The kids range in age from toddlers to 18 years old. All of the toys collected from the trees go to local children.

"Many of them are just asking for jackets or socks, sometimes games or books," Hanss said. "We're just trying to make Christmas special for these kids."

This is the third year the dispatchers have put up angel trees to solicit gifts for the kids, Hanss said. The group is hoping to continue their winning streak of getting all of the tags filled.

People can also donate money through the Arizona's Children Association website at or by calling (602) 253-1620.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Mindy Carter

I am the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Kingman STAR Program....Please, If anyone is considering making a donation to benefit the local Kingman program, either contact me directly, or you must state specifically that the donation is to be used for the Kingman STAR Program! If you or anyone have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at 928-279-1776 or
Thank you very much for any help you can give this holiday season, and throughout the year!

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Christmas Spirit

What a great thing to read! It's so nice to see articles like this in the paper. May all of you be blessed that are helping these children.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Desert Angel

For a good cause. Thank you all who help.

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