A “spirit of giving” has broken out in Juneau, according to Regis and Jody Andrews, referring to the upcoming Juneau Fest 2012.
Sam Dalin, chaplin for the Juneau Police Department and Capital City Fire/Rescue, is in large part responsible for bringing about the vision for Juneau Fest 2012.
With help from his friends, here and from the Lower 48, Dalin has rented out Centennial Hall for the event slated to run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 14, six nights to celebrate and release the spirit of Christmas and declare the “Good News of Christmas” over the entire region.
Local business owners, business managers and employees at some establishments have wanted to be part of the giving outbreak by donating artisan collectibles, gift certificates, toys, turkeys, and cold weather accessories.
Independent business owners and generous individuals have donated recreation packages and big ticket giveaway items, and one local business has donated all the transportation to and from the event for anyone needing a safe and warm ride.
Pick-up and drop-off will be at every school in Juneau and Douglas. No one will be left out.
Children of all ages will be treated to free popcorn, cotton candy and candy canes, before and after playing in the giant Jump House. There will also be children’s dance contests, hockey puck in the net contests, Xtratuf contests and many other activities. Christmas musicals and Christmas music and so much more will make this Christmas season one to remember.
So far, more than $25,000 in gifts and scholarships have been brought in for this free event, and more is promised.
Juneau Fest 2012 will also be honoring Juneau’s finest: firefighters on Dec. 11 and law enforcement on Dec. 12, with special Remington rifle and Glock handgun giveaways.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for preregistration.