Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2003

Community support helps feed hungry on peninsula

The holidays are such a wonderful time of year -- a time when neighbors reach out to one another with a friendly greeting, encouraging smile or a helping hand. It is also a time when people give from their hearts. The Thanksgiving food boxes we were blessed to give away were brimming with good things and the Christmas dinner provided a delicious meal and warm fellowship for 157 people. The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is truly honored to be of service.

Thanks to the community's generous food and financial donations, the efforts of our 65 member agencies and the help of our great volunteers, the food bank was able to distribute more than 83,250 pounds of food to feed the hungry over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and approximately 600,000 for the year 2002. What a tremendous testimony of kindness and compassion!

On behalf of all those we have had the privilege of serving, we would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to the local grocery stores and food donors -- the Alaska Department of Fish and game, Carrs, Carlisle, Dryers of Alaska Ice Cream, Echo Lake Lockers, Fred Meyer, Husky Foods, Icicle Seafoods, IGA Country Foods, Isabelle's Catering, Kmart, Kenai Peninsula School District, Moose Is Loose, Pacific Star Seafoods, Peterkin Distributors, Regal Foods, Safeway, Save-U-More, Snug Harbor Seafoods, Subway, Three Bears, Tesoro To Go Store No. 206 and Tri Star Distributing -- that have given so abundantly. We offer a special thanks for the personal touch of the many school classes and organizations that have organized food drives and special projects to benefit those who are in need.

We are grateful to our business, corporate and foundation friends who support the food bank's efforts through financial contributions and grants. Thank you Agrium, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, BP, Cook Inlet Region Inc., Conoco Phillips, Era Aviation, First National Bank of Anchorage, Fred Meyer Foundation, KeyBank, Marathon Oil Co., MAZON -- A Jewish Response To Hunger, Peak Oilfield, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Drilling, Rasmuson Foundation, Sadlers Furniture, Tesoro, TOTE, Unocal, VECO and Wells Fargo. Our thanks go out to the members of the following groups, organization and labor unions for their generosity: ABATE, American Legion Posts No. 18 and No. 20, Amvets Post No. 4, ASEA Cook Inlet Chapter, Eagles Aerie No. 3252 Ladies Auxiliary, Funny River Community Chamber of Commerce, IBEW, Kenai Elks Lodge, Kenai Lions Club, Kenai Peninsula Home Builders Association, Loyal Order of Moose, Ninilchik Seniors, PACE Local 8-0369, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 367, Safari Club International, Soldotna Lions Club, Soldotna Rotary Club, Sterling Area Seniors and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

And, finally, we extend a huge thanks to our individual donors, local school youth and volunteers. We wish we could personally thank every individual and business for their help and support this past year. Each and every contribution of time, talents or financial support is a priceless gift of health and nutrition to someone who is experiencing difficulty.

Just as hunger knows no season, neither does the kindness of our community. By working together we are making the "holidays" extend throughout the year as people reach out to help improve the quality of life for others.

On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, thank you! May you all have a very happy new year!

Peggy Moore, executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

Community kindness helps athlete participate in tourney

I would like to take this time to express my sincere gratitude for those that helped me be able to participate in a wrestling tournament in Reno. I attended this tournament with my fellow school mates from Skyview High School and might add that we did quite well. I would like to start off with thanking my coach, Mr. Gardner, for all the hard work and dedication you put forth into our team. I would have not been able to do my best without your coaching and keeping us all in line.

Additionally, I would like to thank Margaret Howell, Fraternal Order, Mike and Holly, Cindy Derning, Teresa Dalbout, Scott and Joann Earsley, Marti Pozzi, and especially Fred and Julie West. With all your help, I was able to have a successful tournament.

Again, thank you for your gift of kindness.

Zac Aragon, freshman

Skyview Wrestling Team

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