Helping hands in our area

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

The good old days when Alaskans helped their neighbors whenever a need came up, whether it was setting a ridge pole on a log cabin, fixing a broken vehicle, or planting a garden, is not just part a part of Alaska's colorful history, but is the substance of the spirit of our community today. Recently health problems struck a couple of guys that are well known for their community support and helpfulness. Friends, fellow workers, and neighbors responded by putting together a couple of events to help out with the unforeseen financial needs caused by these illnesses.

At the Sterling Senior Center last week, over 450 people lined up for barbecue provided by Charlie Pierce, of Enstar. Folks like Scooter Chumley and his crew at Raven Contractors got on the phones and started calling people, Frank Christensen hit the streets and started gathering items for an auction donated by Norm Blakeley, Debbie Debnam of Alaska Wedding Brokers stepped forward to assist Scooter, and at the end of the day, over 450 dinners had been served and more than $32,000 was raised. That's just two weeks after many of the same folks had put together a similar event for another friend at the Kenai Elks Lodge. Proving the words of the songwriter, "These are the good old days."

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