Posted: Monday, July 15, 2002

Neighbors helping neighbors exemplifies 'Spirit of Alaska'

The Fourth of July was certainly a joyous celebration of not only the spirit of our country's founding fathers, who fought for this nation's independence, but also of the "Spirit of Alaska." Much like the early pioneers, there is a strong spirit of Alaska that thrives in our great state. We have a rich history of being a friendly bunch of individuals who are always ready to lend a helping hand.

This is especially true on the Kenai Penin-sula. The spirit of Alaska lives in the hearts and actions of the residents who so generously reach out to their neighbors with aid and encouragement when and where it is needed. It is that unspoken code of honor that inspires people to respect the dignity of others, while offering compassionate relief in times of crisis or need.

The spirit of Alaska made it possible for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank to participate in the Fourth of July parade. Because both of the food bank's trucks are broken down, Ken and Mavis Lancaster graciously offered the use of their truck for the parade.

We know that kindness and generosity are not limited to the Fourth of July. As a community outreach of neighbors helping neighbors, the spirit of Alaska is the very essence of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. This caring spirit is one to be treasured and celebrated throughout the year. May God bless America and the spirit of Alaska!

Peggy Moore

Executive director

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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