Neighbors Letter

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2001

We would like to say thank you for making our annual fund-raiser for the Salvation Army's Adopt-A-Family program a success. None of this would have been possible without you, the citizens of Juneau. Because of your caring and generous hearts, we are able to continue doing this project each year.

Many of you wonder what happens to our donations, so we would like to explain our project to you.

This project involves weeks of organization and work. We put together a Christmas float and canvass four to five neighborhoods, doing one each night. We ask for money or food donations. On the average, we receive $3,000 to $4,000 total. We receive enough food to fill 15 to 25 boxes.

The food is delivered to the Salvation Army for distribution as they see fit. We use the money to shop for the families. We allow each person in a family $75. This may sound like a lot, but when you realize that we buy such things as coats, boots, clothes and some toys, it disappears quite fast. Every penny you donate goes to the families.

When the canvassing is over, the shopping begins. We count the money, divide it by $75, which is the amount we spend on each person, and let the Salvation Army know how many people we can help. Sometimes, in order to fill requests, our shoppers will add money of their own. This year, we received $3,039. We spent $74.12 on each person. We shopped for eight families totaling 41 people. Again, without your generosity, we could not do this.

We then take the families' gift bags to the Salvation Army for pick-up by the families. We do not wrap the gifts. We put wrapping paper, ribbon and tape in the bags. We want the parents to see what their children are getting and to have a part in preparing Christmas for them.

So thanks again Juneau, for a job well done.

Dee Brenner

North Star Riders Motorcycle Assoc.

Adopt-A-Family Coordinator 2001

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