Organ Stop Pizza celebrates Christmas in July to raise money for United Food Bank

On a sizzling 114-degree July afternoon in Mesa, an unexpected duo greeted customers at the entrance to Organ Stop Pizza.

Santa Claus, decked out in the classic red hat and trousers also sported a Hawaiian shirt and lime green Crocs. He was accompanied by Santa’s helper wearing similar red and green. The pair handed out coloring books and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

This special appearance was part of “Christmas in July,” Organ Stop Pizza’s monthlong food drive to benefit United Food Bank. The festive celebration is designed to raise money and collect canned goods for those in need.

“Summer is the hardest time of the year for many individuals and families in Arizona. Kids are out of school, meaning parents have the added pressure of providing more food. Temperatures rise, making electric bills higher — forcing families to make tough decisions like choosing between paying bills or paying for food,” a press release from Organ Stop said. “With your help, we will be able…


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