Arizona Pain Foundation Brings Christmas to Refugee Children

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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.

Employees at Arizona Pain Specialists brought the Christmas spirit to newly relocated refugee families, thanks to the Arizona Pain Foundation’s Fourth Annual Christmas Party. More than 100 volunteers joined foundation in producing “A Christmas Party for Children Around the World,” on December 11th.

The foundation, started by 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.


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