Take a Moment… and Give a Moment

For 15 years, In&Out Magazine has been the definitive source of “Everything that’s going on” in and out of the community. We thank you, our readers, as well as the businesses that support the magazine through advertising, for that opportunity. But with little going on, and many businesses suspending or canceling their ads during the Covid-19 crisis, we are suspending publication of the magazine and web sites for the month of May. 


If you think about it, the holidays are really about moments. The best memories are never about the final tally of a year’s Yuletide haul, but more about special moments and memories shared with friends, family, and sometimes with people that just pop into your life for one brief but magical period of time.

I’ve been very fortunate that, with the exception of a few random ER visits, my children have never suffered from a serious injury or illness. But I’ve known many families who haven’t been so lucky. For them, it’s all about moments, too. Moments of sadness, moments of sheer terror, and often just living moment-to-moment because that’s the only way to get through the days and weeks and months of realities that no one should have to face.

So, now I ask you for a moment. A moment to donate a new, unwrapped toy for a child who will be stuck spending the holidays at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Boy’s toy, girl’s toy, little kid or big kid toy, it doesn’t matter.

You’ll be donating much more than a toy. You’ll be donating a moment. A moment for a sick kid that doesn’t involve being stuck, or poked or wheeled away for another test. A moment of fun. A moment of normalcy. A moment to think about something that doesn’t involve pain and sadness. A moment to smile.

Prickett Realty is partnering with Smiles 4 Sick Children, a non-profit charity that, for the past five years, has been providing moment upon moment of joy and laughter to those who need it most, when they need it most.

They say laughter is the best medicine, but I’ve found that giving someone, especially a sick child, the gift of laughter is a medicine that helps the giver as much as the recipient. Take a moment to think about that. Then, please, take another to give…  just a “moment.”


How to Donate
Bring toys to 42104 N. Venture Dr., A102 in Anthem, or call 623-551-8111 for pickup. To donate cash or learn more, visit www.smiles4sickchildren.com.


Help Save Our Community
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and even more so this community. Supporting local businesses during this crisis can help keep our community economically viable. Please strongly consider supporting the businesses below, In&Out Magazine's display advertisers, as well as those in the Classifieds section of the magazine (see the full April 9 issue in PDF form). Many of these businesses have been part of the fabric of this community for two decades, not just serving our professional, service and retail needs but stepping up to support local charities, sports teams and so much more. Tip: If you know you’ll need to schedule a service, consider contacting a local business you trust and paying the standard fee for the deferred service. The links below go to their web sites.

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

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Chris Prickett
Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.
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Chris Prickett

Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.

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