Shop local. Beware of crooks. Recycle. These are just three of the ways the town of Queen Creek says residents can help make the holiday season happier and safer this year.
The holiday season is all about giving, and shopping local gives back to the community. When people shop and dine in Queen Creek, they support community programs and services such as parks, recreation programs and public safety. Staying local keeps tax dollars in Queen Creek, helping the economy, schools and more, according to a press release.
To help increase awareness of local businesses, and the benefits of shopping local, the town offers a Shop Queen Creek program. To register a Queen Creek business in the program, complete an online registration form at www.QueenCreek.org/ShopQC.
There is no cost to join and benefits include a listing on the town’s website, promotional support through the town’s social media channels and access to a variety of marketing and promotional opportunities.
Businesses must be in the town limits and/or be a member of the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce.
With the variety of local retail and restaurant options available, shopping Queen Creek has never been easier, according to the release. Help invest in the town of Queen Creek and support neighborhood businesses by staying in Queen Creek to make purchases. Not only does shopping local support the town, it also supports local businesses.
For additional information about Shop the QC program, visit www.queencreek.org/ShopQC.
Beware of crooks
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) District 6 — Queen Creek encourages residents to stay alert while shopping. Deputies offer the following safety tips:
•Bring only the cash and credit cards needed. Keep cash separate from ID and credit cards.
•Be alert. A purse or wallet may become a target in crowded shopping areas. Be wary of those creating distractions.
•Limit the use of cell phones and other devices when in public areas—One’s awareness level is compromised and strangers can hear your conversation.
•Use ATMs located in well-lit areas and only withdraw the amount of cash needed.
•Protect one’s PIN by shielding the ATM keypad and do not throw away ATM receipts.
• When shopping online, only do business with companies you know and only shop at secure websites.
•Check credit card and bank statements regularly for fraudulent use. Report any fraudulent charges to one’s bank, the credit bureaus and law enforcement.
For more information, call the MCSO—Queen Creek substation non-emergency number at 602-876-1011.
For emergencies, call 911.
Resolve to recycle this New Year, starting with a Christmas tree. The town of Queen Creek will offer free tree recycling from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 7, and Saturday, Jan. 14, in the northwest section of the parking lot at the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.
The Jan. 14 drop off will also include an opportunity to recycle electronics and appliances.
Cooking oil recycling is also available for free through the town of Queen Creek at both fire stations. They are at 22407 S. Ellsworth Road and 24787 S. Sossaman Road. Look for the black, rectangular bins.
Holiday closures will not impact trash and recycling services.
For more information, visit http://queencreek.org/departments/trash-recycling/resident/schedules.