Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2002

Sharing the Spiring helps many, thanks to community's support

Our thanks to many organizations and individuals for contributing money, food, clothing, toys and time to assist us with the Central Kenai Peninsula "Sharing the Spirit" program, including:

Alaskan Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE); Alaska Christian College, Sarah Martinez, Gail Smithhisler and Kim Hardy; Arby's; Beta Sigma Phi, Phi and Preceptor Pi chapters; Tom and Tonya Boedeker; Bridges Community Resource Network Inc; Carrs; Central Peninsula General Hospital and its employees; Cook Inlet Academy third-, fourth-, and fifth- graders, teachers and parents; Country Foods; Dolly Farnsworth; Kristy Gagnon and Alycia Backstrom; GCI-Prime Cable; Jon and Joan Hagen-Lillevik; Healthy Communities-Healthy People; Lisa Parker and Steve Horn; Sondra and Clifford Hugg; Dale Kelly; Kenai Central High School students and staff, Wally and Rocky Ward; Kenai Peninsula Food Bank; Kenai Peninsula United Way; Big Kmart; KSRM Inc. for public service announcements; Marines Toys for Tots Program; Fred Meyer; Marge McCord; Justin Moore, DDS; Marge Mullen; North Country Fair; Peninsula Clarion or many fine articles; P.E.O. Chapter M; Safeway; The Salvation Army and its many volunteers; Lisa, Noelle and Vienna Schmitter; Skyview High School students and staff, Angel Hollers; Soldotna Community Schools; Soldotna High School students and staff, Pehr Hartvigson, Rica Howarth, Leah Reed, Janna Schaafsma and Joe Blanchard; Soldotna Professional Pharmacy; Soroptimist of the Twin Cities; Sterling Court Reporters; Gary, Kelli and Courtney Stroh; Stylistix's; Robin Sullens; Helen Theriault; Tustumena Elementary School students and staff; Unocal; Unocal retirees; Richard and Sharon Waisanen; Wells Fargo Bank Alaska -- Soldotna; Gloria Wisecarver and friends; Women's Resource and Crisis Center and many more individuals from our community.

We provided food baskets that included coupons for meat, toys and/or clothes for 402 families with 1,106 individuals in need. Many volunteers assisted to make this project successful.

Special thanks to all of you for your continued contributions of time, talent, dollars or products given to support this program. All endeavors were needed and appreciated.

Ours is indeed a caring-sharing community.

Our thanks to the Sharing the Spirit committee members: Envoy Craig and Jean Fanning, The Salvation Army; Evy Gebhardt, Kenai Peninsula United Way; Joan Crow-Epps, Bridges Community Resource Network; Pam Olson, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank; and Emily Aley, Women's Resource and Crisis Center; for all their help with the 2001 Sharing the Spirit program.

Jane Stein

Sharing the Spirit committee member

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