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Holiday Laptops for Foster Youth Drive:
I hope that you are well and happy this holiday season. My wife Kelly and I wish you health and happiness during this season and in the coming year.
The holidays remind us of core values we share: those born with misfortune should have an equal and fair shake in life; the chance to succeed; and the same chances for happiness and success as those born to safe, healthy homes. Here is something you can do to give a young person a fair chance at success in life.
The mark of a person is not how they’ve helped those with much; it is how they have helped those who have little.
In conjunction with Facing Foster Care in Alaska, our office started a drive to get new laptop computers (and new workbooks) to foster youth, who daily battle extra hurdles and deserve the same chance of success as the rest of us. We’ve matched roughly 1,000 computers with youth who need laptops for school, for college, and to stay in touch with friends and those who care about them. Some use their laptops to carry around pictures of loved ones they do not get to see enough.
If You’d Like To Help…
This effort has grown and become more successful as we’ve figured out ways to move it forward. The Ethics Office has allowed me to keep promoting it and working on it on my free time, and to find donors as a legislator. But legally, donations cannot come to my office. So we have arranged that they go to the non-profit, Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA), which is Alaska’s most effective and main peer support and advocacy group in the state. We try to make matches around the state. FFCA then works to match laptops with those youth in need, especially youth who need a laptop or workbook for school.
If you’d like to help, your donations are tax deductible. We accept ONLY NEW laptops, or NEW WORKBOOKS, and accept monetary donations that will go towards laptops (just write that in the memo part of your check). You can donate enough for a new laptop (we get discounts at about $300 per computer), or if you don’t have $300, then an amount you can afford that will go towards a purchase of a new computer.
In the early days when we were getting this effort off the ground, we accepted used laptops. However, there is now enough community interest that we can focus on new laptop/workbook matches. Just as with the new clothing discount we started in this office for foster youth (thanks to the many stores around the state who offer discount quality clothing in our FosterWear program), we want to make sure foster youth, who are first-class citizens, are treated that way.
To make a donation of funds for a new laptop/workbook, e-mail info@FFCAlaska.org, respond to this e-mail, or call me on my cell, 250-0106, if you have questions.
One of our highest callings is to make lives better, one life at a time. If you are able to help, that is exactly what your donation will do.
As always, contact us with any questions or comments.