Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002

Operation Christmas Child seeks volunteers

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. OCC, the largest children's Christmas program in the world, is based on the humble shoebox. Shoeboxes are packed with assorted gifts - toys, hygiene items and school supplies. Boxes are collected at local centers - Juneau's center is Chapel by the Lake. The local centers send boxes to processing centers for international distribution. OCC boxes go to nearly 100 countries. All Alaska boxes will be delivered to Russian children. Last year in Alaska 7,000 boxes were packed, processed and shipped. Juneau alone sent over 1,400 boxes.

OCC is a three-strand cord - the thrill of Christmas - the mystery of the unknown child - and the goodness of compassion. This cord tied up 5.4 million boxes in 2001, sending them off to needy children over land, sea and air.

Collection of these boxes will continue through Nov. 3. For information about how to pack a shoebox, please call Mary Carson at 789-3049.

Red Cross sets Adult CPR class

The American Red Cross still has room in their Adult CPR Class on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Class will be at the Red Cross, 3200 Hospital Drive, from 6 to 10 p.m. Certification is good for one year. Call 463-5713 to sign up today.

Forest Service to host fireside programs

Starting January 2003, the Forest Service will host another season of Fireside Programs at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The series will begin Jan. 10 and continue every Friday until March 28.

Do you have or know of anyone who has great slides or videos of traveling in Alaska or other exotic places in the world? How about a presentation on skiing, kayaking, diving, biking, hunting or other recreational activities? Maybe you have an educational presentation on our natural resources? If you do and would like to share your experience with the public during this popular series, contact Larry Musarra at 789-6640 or email: with your program ideas or any questions.

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