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Note from Rep. Les Gara
Note from Rep. Les Gara  

No Politics, Just A Strong Yank At Your Heartstrings: "Laptops For Foster Youth" Holiday Drive.

Note from Rep. Les Gara

December 17, 2013

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We missed our Chanukah Edition.  Oy (I'm Jewish and can say that!).  But with Christmas approaching, and this being a holiday season for many, I just want to take advantage of your amazing generosity.  Again.  Because I know you care, and you've shown it over and over.

Is the soft sell going OK so far?

Here’s the good and bad news. 

Good News:  We've raised over 300 new and good, late-model used laptops for Alaska’s foster youth the past three years.  People think about giving all year, but especially at the holidays.  Hence the strategically timed heartstring yank. 

Bad News: Unfortunately, Alaska has a growing number of foster youth – 2,000 from 1,600 just a few years ago.  Children and youth who, through no fault of their own, live with very little and have been separated from their parents.  Laptops help youth in school, and give them a little normalcy in a life of few possessions.  A life that sees many youth bounced between homes and schools.  Laptops help them carry around family photos and stay in touch with friends, which foster youth especially need in this time of life disruption and hardship.

A Laptop Makes A Difference - And Your Donations Are Tax Deductible (blatant soft sell number 2)! 

We are looking for: 1) good used or new laptops (with Word processing and Wi-Fi connectivity); 2) donations we can buy laptops with.  We started this drive with Facing Foster Care in Alaska, a non-profit that has joined in this effort.  The donations are made to them, through our office if you'd like, and they are a non-profit – hence your tax deduction if you deduct.

More and How (Just Skip to the Bottom for “How To Donate” Part if You'd Like)

Here’s a press release we just sent out – donation information is on the bottom if you don't want your heart-strings tugged any harder....Click here to read.

Rep. Gara with former foster youth Sarah Redmon
Rep. Gara with former foster youth Sarah Redmon

My Best,

[signed] Les Gara

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