Employees of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority shipped 400 pounds of holiday goodies this week to the elders who reside in the Juneau-based nonprofit's eight affordable rental resindences throughout rural Southeast Alaska.
About 30 employees donated over $350 to purchase cocoa and spiced cider mixes, salami, cheese and crackers, candy, holiday napkins and tablecloths and jigsaw puzzles for 67 elderly clients. A few employees even baked cookies at home to include in the holiday packages. Employees gathered this week to pack a gift box for each community. The boxes were shipped to the Housing Authority field reps located in each community, who will hold a holiday get-together for elderly tenants in the common room located in each building.
"We don't want any of the elders to feel left out during this holiday season, especially in the more isolated communities," said Kari Metz, who runs the Housing Authority's rental programs. "A lot of our tenants are house-bound or on a very limited income and they can't afford even what you and I might think of as the smallest of holiday luxuries, like a box of candy or a tin of cookies."
THRHA owns and operates eight subsidized rental buildings in Angoon, Craig, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Kake, Klawock and Saxman for income-eligible residents who are age 55 and older.