As Homeless Liaison for the KPBSD Students in Transition Program, I see first-hand how challenging day-to-day life can be for many of our local families. The holiday season can be especially difficult, as finances often become strained even for those without special housing concerns. Many agencies and individuals recognized a need and offered their support. This support came in many forms, including beautiful handmade stockings and quilts, presents, gift cards for unaccompanied youth, numerous food boxes, hygiene products, crocheted hats, and a variety of miscellaneous supplies. These efforts resulted in needs being met, hearts being touched, and the chance for kids to be kids at Christmas.
While no simple letter of thanks can suffice, I would like to recognize those who gave so generously: Peninsula Community Health Services, Central Peninsula Hospital, the Kenai Borough Employee’s Association and borough employees, the Kenai Peninsula Builder’s Association, Cabin Fever Creations/ numerous customers and community members, Jasmin’s Hair Design, Soldotna United Methodist Women, the Crocheting Your Way Women of Wildwood, Through the Seasons Quilters, Annette Weigle, Julie English and family, Janelle Plumridge and family, Angie Cramer and family, Rainy Kisena and family, the Cook Inlet Academy Honor Society, and Nicole Murphy.
To these agencies and individuals: I am continually humbled by the compassion that exists in our community and am sincerely grateful for the relationships we have developed. Your time, resources and efforts are not taken for granted. You are truly making a difference in the lives of homeless students in our community, and your actions are what make me proud to call the Peninsula “home.” I wish you all the very best in the coming year.
With Tim Vlasak,
KPBSD Director of K-12 Schools/Federal Programs