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SEARHC thanks art donors for Juneau Christmas party


The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Ethel Lund Medical Center and Juneau Dental/Behavioral Health Clinics would like to thank several Alaska Native artists and others who donated door prizes for our SEARHC employee Christmas party on Dec. 14 in Juneau.

Thank you to Libby Watanabe (two pairs of earrings), Judy Helgesen (t-shirt, bag, necklace), Matthew Helgesen (raven paddle, eagle paddle), Susan (Edenso) Canipe (two necklaces), Della Cheney (cedar bark basket), the Healing Hand Foundation (two cookbooks, cup, suitcase name tag, tea towel with Native design), and the SEARHC Executive Office (SEARHC jacket, Raven’s Way jacket, SEARHC berry bucket filled with goodies). Your donations were greatly appreciated.

Gunalchéesh. Háw’aa. Thank you.

Della Cheney

SEARHC Administrative Assistant


Thank you for supporting Operation Christmas Child

Thank you to Juneau and several Southeast Alaska communities for their generous donations of 2,419 gift- filled shoe boxes to needy children around the world, many of whom have never received a gift in their life.

Many thanks to the hard working volunteers who packed boxes on Nov. 20, at Chapel by the Lake. We shipped 212 boxes more than last year!

A big thank you to Alaska Marine Lines for their wonderful assistance and coordination in the shipment of shoe boxes from Ketchikan, Petersburg, Haines, Sitka, Wrangell and Skagway to the Collection Center at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau, and for getting all the boxes from Juneau to Seattle.

Special thanks to Tyler Rental for the loan of a pallet jack to move all the boxes into the shipping container, McDonald’s for the donation of extra filler toys, and Charles Ward and Sarah Day of the Juneau Empire for producing articles about Operation Christmas Child.

The destination of the boxes is unknown, but those who chose to donate online and attached a “Follow Your Box” tracking label to their box will get an email in the coming months telling them where their box was delivered. Last year, Operation Christmas Child delivered over 8 million boxes to 97 countries around the world, including Ghana, Madagascar, Romania, and Papua New Guinea.

For those of you who wanted to donate a box and missed the Juneau collection deadline, it’s not too late to donate through the “Build A Box” online program, where you can chose from a selection of gifts to fill a box. For information about “Build A Box” and Operation Christmas Child, go to

Thanks again to all for your help in spreading a little joy and love to children all over the world!

Kim Garrett

Southeast Alaska Operation Christmas Child Collection Center Coordinator


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