Posted: Monday, November 26, 2001

Nikiski Neighbors Noel Tree project appreciates past help, needs more

As you probably know, Nikiski Neighbors, a broad-based group of individuals and community groups in Nikiski, has had a very significant holiday program for needy children for the past six years called "The Noel Tree." Using applications that have been distributed in the community and referrals from community institutions, a "Noel Tree" is placed in the M and M Market in Nikiski to display little snow people with a child's age, gender and need. People take the Noel Tree snow people, buy appropriate gifts and later place the gifts under the Noel Tree.

We provide two items of clothing and one toy for each child. Such items as socks, gloves, hats and more also are included in a family's box, as they are available. In the past, with a great deal of community support, the Noel Tree program not only has provided joy at Christmas for needy children but also some significant contributions to the quality of life of the children. Items given to children have included winter coats and boots, shoes, shirts, pants and much more.

One year, three mothers indicated their daughters did not have a dress and wanted one very much. With your help, that need was filled! Over the years, usually around 30 boxes representing 30 families are packed, and about 90 children receive significant Christmas gifts. Each family that requests it gets a box containing the makings for a holiday meal including a turkey or ham.

We are writing to thank you for your help in the past and to request your help for this year. It is not too late to be involved with the Noel Tree. The tree was set up Nov. 20. You can help in any of several ways. Individuals may want to contribute financially by writing a check to Nikiski Neighbors, P. O. Box 8122, Nikiski, AK 99635. Offices and corporations may want to contribute financially as a group or adopt an individual child or family. You may want to help with gift-wrapping and preparation of the gift boxes at the Fire Station or you might want to provide socks, hats, mittens, gloves and-or wrapping paper. We will need it.

We try very hard to confirm the need of each family and to avoid duplication of services to one family by cross-referencing with the other holiday programs in Kenai area. We protect the confidential nature of information given to us by requesting families. We serve children, from the newborn to high schoolers. We service the area north of milepost marker 15.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway.

We really can use your help this year! If you have any questions, call Nikiski Neighbors at 776-8732, which is the number for North Star United Methodist Church. North Star is only one of many groups that make the Noel Tree possible.

Thanks for your consideration,

Rev. John R. Henry,

chairperson of Nikiski Neighbors

Community helps WRCC exceed fund-raising goal by $22,000

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center is very grateful for the generous support of the community during our 17th annual KSRM Radiothon fund-raiser in September. Individuals and businesses helped us exceed our goal by $22,000 -- WRCC hoped to raise $35,000 and the final tally was $57,000 in cash and in-kind goods.

The success of this event was made possible by the hard work of many: KSRM Radio hosted the event by donating an entire day of air-time for fund-raising and community education. Hal Smalley and Sue Carter skillfully emceed the program. Thanks to John Davis from KSRM and station on-air staff Pat Hawkins, Jim Heim and Debbie Wells, who contributed thoughtful questions and professionally engineered the program. "Remote teams" spent the day soliciting pledges of cash, goods and services throughout the community and included Jack Brown and Amy Jackman; David Thomas, Jen Tyler and Betty Glick; Jane Stein and Claudia Furlong; Julie Ross and Peter Micciche; Marquitta Andrus and Kris Schoessler; and Emily Aley and Deb Eisele. Thanks also to ACS Wireless - ACS donated cell phones for use by remote teams.

Barbara Waters and WRCC board members June Harris, Marcia Beauchamp and Marie Rozak worked with WRCC staffers Sue Best, Kathy Tomrdle and Cheri Smith to answer phones, take pledges and account for cash and contributions at KSRM Radio. Dayne Clark, from the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, brought soup to nourish the pledge-takers.

On-air guests included Evy Gebhardt, Kenai Peninsula United Way; Dr. David Shoemaker, WRCC Batterers Intervention Program; Chief Shirley Warner, Soldotna Police Department; Sgt. Chuck Kopp, Kenai Police Department; Lt. Tom Bowman, Alaska State Troopers; Mary Pieper, Assistant Kenai District Attorney; Rev. Dale Kelley, Soldotna Methodist Church; and WRCC staffers Cheri Smith, Tami Miller, LeeAnn Daniels and Jennette Browning. Thanks to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Dr. Kristin Mitchell, Ron and Marie Rozak and Dr. Donna Peterson for their support of the fund-raiser.

Dr. Steve Hileman provided original art for the posters. Several hundred local businesses allowed us to hang posters in their establishments. Thanks to WRCC board member Charlotte Legg of Charlotte's Restaurant for the use of her restaurant for an after-the-event reception, board member David Thomas for providing superb desserts and board member Sammy Crawford for her assistance with the radiothon.

We truly appreciate the generosity of businesses and individuals in our local area. Thanks for supporting our efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault on the central peninsula.

Heather Arnett

Executive director

Women's Resource and Crisis Center

Peninsula donors appreciated

Alzheizmer's Resource of Alaska thanks the following Kenai Peninsula donors for contributing on our behalf at the eighth annual Anchorage Mayor's Charity Ball: Castle on the Rock Bed & Breakfast, Bruce and Penny Vadla and Victorian Serenity by the Sea Cabins of Distinction.

Dulce Nobre

Executive director

Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska

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