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How to help for the holidays

Posted: December 8, 2013 - 1:02am

The following is a list of agencies that need your help to provide happy holidays to people in the community. This is by no means a comprehensive list of agencies in Juneau that provide food and other resources; the agencies here are listed due to their holiday-specific assistance. For a broader list of assistance agencies in Juneau, check out the website www.unitedwayseak.org or www.alaska211.org.

The Capital City Rotaract’s Annual Christmas Dinner Project

Website: www.capitalcityrotaract.wordpress.com

Email: juneaurotaractors@gmail.com

Telephone: Call Amanda Spickler at 209-7889

How you can help – donate money or price smashers. One dinner box contains approximately $50 worth of food items. Your donation can help provide a family with a complete holiday meal. Monetary donations and Super Bear Price Smashers can be sent to Christmas Dinner Project, PO Box 020347 Juneau, AK, 99802. Checks can be written out to Capital City Rotaract. Price Smashers can be mailed to the Christmas Dinner Project, dropped off at the Jordan Creek Center (drop box near Copy Works), the JACC, Mendenhall Auto, GCI, or handed to any Rotary or Rotaract Club member. After the boxes are assembled, Northland Services will deliver them to the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Community Services. Those agencies will then distribute the boxes to several Juneau families.

Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) of Juneau

Clearinghouse telephone number: 780-4090

Clearinghouse Address: 9741 Mendenhall Road

Website: www.loveincjuneau.org

Agencies or churches to adopt families are needed. Love INC is also collecting items for Bags of Love. They need donations of pillowcases (gender appropriate for ages from babies to teens) and the items to fill them: books, small toys, slippers, coloring books, comb/hairbrush, and so on. Love INC adds toothbrushes, toothpaste and a blanket. Love INC is also helping Polaris House gather items for adults and children. Needed are warm winter accessories such as hats, scarves, socks, and mittens, as well as deodorant, shaving cream and razors. Donations can be dropped off at the Love INC clearinghouse. Please call before you go, to make sure a volunteer is there to accept your donations.

Salvation Army, Juneau Corps Community Center

Telephone: Call Carol Pitts at 586-2136

Salvation Army distributes many holiday food boxes and gifts to individuals and families. To find out how you can best help them accomplish this task this holiday season, contact Carol Pitts. Or, you can choose an angel off of one of the Salvation Army angel trees located around town. Simply follow the instructions on the tree and drop off your gift in one of the marked bins by Dec. 20.

St. Vincent de Paul

Telephone: Call Martha at 789-5535 ext. 7

Address: 8617 Teal Street

St. Vincent de Paul needs assistance with their adopt-a-family program. Donations need to be received by Dec. 19. If you are interested in purchasing gifts for children in a family, please contact Martha or stop by the office.

AWARE Shelter

Telephone: Call Mandi at 586-6623

AWARE provides food and gifts to families in need who are clients of AWARE. Please contact Mandi before Monday, Dec. 16 to see how you can help.

Office of Children’s Services (OCS) - Gifts for Foster Families

Telephone: Alana at 465-2946

OCS is seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys to give to foster children of all ages. Check out their Christmas trees located in Nugget Mall, Mendenhall Mall, and DPAC. If you can, please have your donations delivered to the drop box by Wednesday, Dec. 18 (however, later donations are welcome for children who may be taken into custody later in December).

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