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Posted: January 1, 2012 - 12:03am
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Girl Scout Junior Troop 4045 members Reece Bleakley, Kimberly Clark, Amara Sanguni, Winter Clancy and Allison Rivera pose with a full cart of food. This year they are focusing on strong leadership and how that helps their community.  As part of that effort, their troop graciously donated a cart full of food, worth $200, to Helping Hands.  Courtesy of Helping Hands
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Girl Scout Junior Troop 4045 members Reece Bleakley, Kimberly Clark, Amara Sanguni, Winter Clancy and Allison Rivera pose with a full cart of food. This year they are focusing on strong leadership and how that helps their community. As part of that effort, their troop graciously donated a cart full of food, worth $200, to Helping Hands.

12 days of giving

On the first day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, flatwear and cutlery,

On the second day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the third day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the fourth day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the fifth day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, toys all shapes and sizes, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the sixth day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, yummy punch with berries, toys all shapes and sizes, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the seventh day of Christmas,our true loves gave to us, one Santa skipping, yummy punch with berries, toys all shapes and sizes, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the eighth day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, help with games and prizes, one Santa skipping,yummy punch with berries, toys all shapes and sizes, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets,15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the ninth day of Christmas our true loves gave to us, time and assistance, help with games and prizes, one Santa skipping, yummy punch with berries, toys all shapes and sizes, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the 10th day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, man and woman power, time and assistance, help with games and prizes, one Santa skipping, yummy punch with berries, toys all shapes and sizes, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the 11th day of Christmas our true loves gave to us, goodwill and intention, man and woman power, time and assistance, help with games and prizes, one Santa skipping, yummy punch with berries, toys all shapes and sizes, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

On the 12th day of Christmas, our true loves gave to us, smiles, joy and laughter, goodwill and intention, man and woman power, time and assistance, help with games and prizes, one Santa skipping, yummy punch with berries, toys all shapes and sizes, hundreds of stuffed stockings, four youth movie tickets, 15 large pizzas, and flatwear and cutlery

Thank you to all our “true loves.”

Juneau Coastguard Military and Family Association, The Great Alaskan Toy Drive, Super Bear Supermarket, Pizzeria Roma, Gross Alaska Theaters, Juneau Jesuit Volunteers, Juneau Youth Services, Americorps volunteers, Paul DeSloover, Tisha and Jeremy Gieser, Paula and Phoebe Rohrbacher and AWARE staff — you helped make our holiday party wonderful for AWARE’s women and children.

And a big thank you also to other donors of toys, clothes, stockings, and goodies for our children: The Triangle Club and friends, Department of Labor Call Center and their EAP, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Juneau-Douglas High School classes of Gibson and Nelson, Glacier Valley Girl Scout Troop #4015 Daisies, Tlingit and Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau, and many other anonymous and generous spirits of the holidays.

AWARE’s Sponsor-A-Family Program connected families in need with generous and festive sponsors. Thirty compassionate individuals and groups provided gifts and food baskets for 39 families. The sponsors included the City and Borough of Juneau Community Development Department, National Marine Fisheries Service — Alaska, Tongass National Forest, The Schilly-Sisk-Merli Family, the Alaska State Legislature, Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Mendenhall River Community School, TLC Childcare/Babes in the Woods, US Forest Service — Regional Office, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, State of Alaska Senior and Disability Services, Electric Power Systems, NEA Alaska, Glacier Pediatrics, Legislative Legal and Research Services, Laura Stats, Sit and Polish, Barbara Thurston, Chris Knight and Rebecca Engen and numerous anonymous sponsors.

Thank you to Spickler/Egan Financial Services for a fabulous Christmas breakfast and filling our pantry, 10th Street Trees, who donated $1,050 from the sale of their Christmas trees and to Chiropractic First. Thank you for sharing and spreading your good cheer!

Thank you so much to all who contributed, even in some small way, to make AWARE’s holiday a bright and hopeful one! Each one of you have helped make a difference in putting smiles on women’s and children’s faces.

AWARE

Many hands to help

Helping Hands would like to express our appreciation to Girl Scout Junior Troop 4045 members Reece Bleakley, Kimberly Clark, Amara Sanguni, Winter Clancy and Allison Rivera. This year they are focusing on strong leadership and how that helps their community. As part of that effort, their troop graciously donated a cart full of food, worth $200, to Helping Hands! We greatly appreciate their thoughtfulness and support. Helping Hands would also like to express our appreciation to the employees at Waste Management for their generous donation of $1,000. These funds will go toward the purchase of a new freezer in our warehouse. As a volunteer-based organization, we are grateful for their willingness to provide assistance to Helping Hands.

If you would like more information about Helping Hands you can email us at HelpingHandsJuneau@gmail.com.

Betty Kaplor, Director of Helping Hands

 

Warmest thanks for warm coats

A word of thanks seems so small compared to the generosity and good will that was extended to me this past week. I must confess that I was feeling a bit out of the holiday spirit this year; this was partly due to the number of homeless teenagers we have in a community that is so rich in resources. My heart broke when my daughter told me that the teens wished for warm coats, hats, gloves and blankets for Christmas.

Then I received an email from a wonderful family here in Juneau offering to provide Christmas cheer to these teens in the form of winter coats. My gratitude and their tiding filled my heart and my truck. I felt like Santa with my sleigh full. Then came Monday morning and the unthinkable happened, my truck was broken into and everything was taken. I was devastated, all I could think about were the items that were meant for many of the families we support who have children with developmental disabilities, the elderly and these homeless teens without winter wear. As word of the theft spread through Juneau, people were gracious, offered kind words and acts of kindness that exceeded the loss. Not only were we flooded with donations, the generosity grew into the support of the entire community who truly embraced the meaning of Christmas. So thank you Juneau for making it a very Merry Christmas and please have a safe and Happy New Year.

Christine Culliton and Tiffany Mahle

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