Tis’ the season of Pima Wish Trees

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Pima Wish Trees are now up at Pima Town Hall and the Pima Public Library.

Town requests angel tags be fulfilled and returned by Dec. 14

By Jon Johnson 


PIMA – With the night air turning cold and thoughts of seasonal greetings in the air, we know now is the season of the spirit of giving, and with that comes the sixth annual Pima Wish Trees at Pima Town Hall and the Pima Public Library. 

Two trees are located at Pima Town Hall at 110 W. Center St. and a third is at the Pima Public Library at 70 S. 200 West. 

The Wish Trees are facilitated by Pima Vice Mayor Sherrill Teeter and are separated by boy and girl angel tags as well as male and female adult tags for the Senior Angel tags. 

Along with tags with items for less fortunate children, there are senior tags to allow us to brighten our senior citizens’ holiday season with gifts for them as well. 

Each Senior Angel Tag lists two items that the seniors normally wouldn’t “splurge” on themselves. Teeter said some of the items requested included a housecoat, a “hot rock massage” starting at just $20, and crocheting tools.

“It’s something they usually can’t or won’t get for themselves, a treat,” Teeter said. 

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Tags are separated by gender and either child or senior citizen.

The town encourages those who can to take a wish tag and fulfill them and bring the new, unopened presents back to Pima Town Hall by Dec. 14. Town staff will then wrap and distribute the gifts. Teeter reminds those who are gracious enough to fulfill a tag to purchase only what is listed on the tag. She also gave her appreciation for all those who have helped make the season a happier one for the children and seniors. 

“If it wasn’t for the community I wouldn’t be able to do any of this,” Teeter said. “It’s a privilege to be able to run stuff like this . . . Even though 2020 has been three years in hindsight we still have a lot of people struggling from it. It’s nice to be able to help these people and, hopefully, get them on their feet. 

Teeter said there were a number of requests for clothes and shoes, but she was taken aback by the sheer number of requests for diapers.

“Diapers were a big issue, but I’ve actually got two moms who are volunteering to donate all the diapers so that little kids don’t get diapers for Christmas, they can get a toy,” Teeter said. 

Pima Wish Trees are located at Pima Town Hall at 110 W. Center St. and the Pima Public Library at 70 S. 200 West.