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November 21, 2012
A Time to Give Thanks
Holiday Help Needed by Local Charities
In my life, I tend to be most thankful when a burden has been lifted or I have received something that I didn’t deserve. Unfortunately, I tend to take for granted the little blessings in my life. But shouldn’t we always be thankful? Not only when our burdens are relieved but also when we are experiencing good times and during bad times?
Habakkuk 3: 17-18 – New International Version
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
This verse demonstrates that we should give thanks during bad times as well as during good times.
Thanksgiving is a reminder to have a thankful heart and to have a heart to give. As we give thanks we should remember that our local nonprofits need help to make sure that those who are less fortunate are able to have a happy Thanksgiving. Please take a moment to learn about some of the needs that have come to attention, and ways you can provide assistance.
Bean’s Café is short on turkeys, hams, dinner rolls, canned sweet potatoes (preferably large cans), stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, fruit pies, cream, pies, pumpkin pies, French dried onions, oranges and apples, toilet tissue, paper towels, and ground coffee.
Donations can be dropped off daily at Bean’s Café at 1101 east 3rd Avenue Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (including Thanksgiving Day), and Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 am-5 pm.
Bean’s Café serves the homeless, the mentally ill, the elderly, families in temporary crisis, and also assists local agencies in the feeding of children. To learn more about how to help, please visit their website at http://www.beanscafe.org/.
The Alaska Injured Workers Alliance is short a few turkeys this year. They are a nonprofit organization advocating for people with mental and physical disabilities and injured workers. They plan to provide those in need with a full Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, gravy, potatoes, corn, beans, and pie—and will even cook for those who require it. Please call Barbara Williams at 854-5367 and she will pick up your donation.
The Food Bank of Alaska is a major resource for many nonprofits throughout the Alaska year-round. Since 1979 they have been securing donated food for nonprofit agencies to distribute to hungry Alaskans. They have requested that people visit their 2012 Online Gift Catalog as a fun way to give a gift to help feed hungry children, families and seniors at http://foodbankofalaska.feeding-hope.org.
The Catholic Social Services St. Francis House operates a year round food pantry to assist the needy and is always seeking nonperishable foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. They accept donations Monday-Friday between 9 am and 5 pm at 3710 East 20th Avenue (closed this Thursday and Friday). For more information call 222-7300 or visit their website and attend a virtual food drive at http://www.cssalaska.org/.
You may also be interested in the United Way of Anchorage Annual Holiday Guide to Giving and Volunteering. It contains a wealth of ideas and resources to help our neighbors connect with meaningful opportunities to make a donation, advocate, or volunteer during the holidays. There is inspiration for individuals, families and youth, so that everyone finds a way to make giving back to the community part of their holiday tradition. You can learn more at http://www.liveunitedanchorage.org.
Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for taking the time to read this update! As always, send me an email or call my office any time at 269-0240 if I can provide you with any assistance.
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A great way to make a charitable contribution to help improve educational opportunities for needy children and be sure your money is being spent the right way is through the Donors Choose website. This allows you to see specific classroom educational needs around the state and country and choose which one you would like to contribute to.
Donations may be selected to apply towards anything from dictionaries and other books to science equipment and supplies.
Even if you are unable to donate at this time I encourage you to visit the website at www.DonorsChoose.org and learn about the many creative projects being planned by our classroom teachers.