Cutter embarks on annual holiday delivery drive

A Juneau-based U.S. Coast Guard cutter has begun its annual holiday voyage to deliver donated goods to Southeast communities.


Lt. j.g. David Boyle, the project officer, said the Liberty embarked from Auke Bay on Thursday morning.

The Liberty will be drop off the donated coats, blankets and toys in Hoonah, Elfin Cove and Pelican.

Two buoy tenders — the Maple out of Sitka and the Anthony Petit out of Ketchikan — will also be helping deliver the donated items to Kake and Angoon next week.

The Coast Guard collected donated items in Juneau and Petersburg from mid-November until Dec. 3.

The coat and blanket drive is cosponsored by the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association and the Coast Guard Officer’s Association.

Taku Fisheries donated the bins to collect the items; Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners donated time and services to clean the donated items before delivery; and Les Schwab Tire Center donated heavy-duty tire bags to keep the donated items dry on the Liberty during delivery.

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