Clair Valentine, 13, left, and Payton Lochridge, 13, pack backpacks
on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Club Wyndham Sedona for the StreeHeat Ministries backpack giveaway. David Jolkovski/Larson NewspapersStreeHeat-Ministries established the need for back-to-school backpacks by conducting 102 door-to-door interviews with residents, schools, district staff, and community organizations according to the Citizens Work Group. The cost of $4,708 of school supplies and the 240 backpacks was funded through the city of Sedona’s Small Grant program which awarded the Las Vegas-based ministry along with 27 local nonprofits $200,000. StreeHeat-Ministries has been licensed in Sedona for the last nine years and is looking into a potential office in Uptown. “We decided this year to engage in more community activity in the Sedona area,” Founder and President of StreeHeat-Ministries George Vaughn said. “This is our first big event in Sedona. I’m excited about it because this will be a great benefit for residents. Especially all the people that are in need. We started this program [in order] to be a blessing to the community.” AdvertisementVaughn is a Chicago-born and raised retired marketing representative and his job for 30 years was to coordinate union representation, and sees his current work with StreeHeat-Ministries as a continuation of his career.