Christmas in July! Toy & back-to-school drive underway in Mayer

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Residents of Mayer are coming together to take care of one another. The area wasn't only evacuated for the Goodwin Fire, but also for the flooding that followed. 

Rushing waters forced evacuations in Mayer 10 days ago. Many people in the Chimney Ranch Trailer Park had to be rescued by Yavapai County sheriff's deputies. 

[RELATED: Residents evacuated in Mayer due to flooding]

This area was more vulnerable to monsoon flooding after the Goodwin Fire scorched the ground and vegetation last month. The fast-moving water carried with it debris, ash and silt. 

[RELATED:  Evacuation for Mayer lifted, road closures remain]

According to the Department of Education, 88 percent of kids in the Mayer elementary school qualify for free or reduced lunch. Eighty to 84 percent of high schoolers do, as well.

The Family Dollar in Mayer is holding a "Christmas In July" toy drive to help. They're collecting toys, new clothing, shoes and back-to-school supplies.

If you would like to help, bring your donation to 0062 South HWY 69, Mayer.

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Lindsey ReiserLindsey Reiser is a Scottsdale native and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

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Lindsey returned to the Valley in 2010 after covering border and immigration issues in El Paso, TX. While in El Paso she investigated public corruption, uncovered poor business practices, and routinely reported on the violence across the border.

Lindsey feels honored to have several awards under her belt, including a Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Hearst Journalist Award, and several National Broadcast Education Association Awards.

Lindsey is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and she currently serves as a mentor to journalism students. She studied for a semester in Alicante, Spain and also earned a degree in Spanish at ASU.

She is proud to serve as a member of United Blood Services’ Community Leadership Council, a volunteer advisory board for the UBS of Arizona.

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