Christmas for Refugee Children — Arizona Pain Foundation
Employees at Arizona Pain Specialists volunteer for the 4th Annual Arizona Pain Foundation Christmas Party, providing Christmas toys and food to refugee families in need.
Scottsdale, AZ., December 16, 2011 – Employees at Arizona Pain Specialists brought the Christmas spirit to newly relocated refugee families, thanks to the Arizona Pain Foundation’s 4th annual Christmas Party. More than 100 volunteers joined the Foundation in producing “A Christmas Party for Children Around the World” on December 11th.
The Foundation, started by the founders of Arizona Pain Specialists, a pain management clinic in the Phoenix area, hosts a holiday event to benefit this underserved refugee community.
This year, the annual event took place at Apollo High School in Glendale, with proceeds going to Burmese refugees. These Burmese families, among several large refugee populations in the Phoenix area, fled their homes during chaos with few possessions.
“Besides the handshakes and gratitude from the attendees, you could see the appreciation in their eyes,” says Brooke Combest, an Arizona Pain Foundation volunteer. “Knowing I helped to make this a season of giving gave me goose bumps, and a glimpse of just how large God’s love for us truly is.”
The Foundation donated more than 800 toys and food for some 700 guests, including 500 children. The children were also entertained with face painting and balloon animals. Santa also made a special guest appearance.
“Our volunteers, donations and guests increase annually — a clear example and reassurance of what it means to give back during the holiday season. The excitement and joy of these kids when they are able to receive a gift makes it all worth it,” says Arizona Pain Foundation founder, Tory McJunkin, MD.
The Foundation’s success in collecting more toys than ever before is in thanks to other organizations who also participated including Pepsico, AZ-Tech Radiolgy, Spooner Physical Therapy, City of Grace, Midnimo Transportation, and Evercare.
Arizona Pain Specialists’ CEO Joe Carlon was both grateful and pleased with the party’s success.
“One of the tenets Arizona Pain is built upon is service. We believe a responsible business has an obligation to serve the needs of its community. This particular event, one where we help children experience Christmas, is just one small example of how we hope to impact the city of Phoenix, and we are humbled to be a part of it.”
The Arizona Pain Foundation was founded by Paul Lynch, MD and Tory McJunkin, MD as a way for the employees of Arizona Pain Specialists to give back to those in need –both locally and abroad. This non-profit foundation is funded solely by 5% of all proceeds from the Arizona Pain Specialists’ three Phoenix-based clinics. Founded in 2009, the Foundation’s mission is to share the love of God by bringing compassion, healing, and resources to those in need. This is accomplished by supporting international missionaries, supporting local nonprofit community work, and promoting prescription drug abuse resistance to youth in Arizona.