Past efforts don't go unnoticed

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I am speaking on behalf of many local agencies, nonprofit groups, schools, churches, families and students. We stand together to express our appreciation to Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education (ABATE) members for their contributions to our community at Thanksgiving time.

This will be the first year in a very long time that ABATE is unable to do their turkey drive. We want to make sure that their past efforts have not gone unnoticed by recognizing the history of this project.

ABATE has provided turkey food boxes for over 12 years. Each year, 140 to 170 food boxes have gone to families, allowing them to enjoy a good meal on this holiday.

That's over 2,000 family dinners!

Behind the scenes, many details and tasks have been performed; the tasks of recruitment of volunteers and food donors, purchase of massive canned food quantities, arrangement of dry goods and freezer storage, the transport of 1,450 pounds of turkeys, assemblage of turkey boxes, procurement of trucks to deliver the boxes to their final destinations, and the sacrifice of the volunteers' personal time from their jobs were completed in order to get the turkeys to the families.

ABATE members like Scott Hamann, Glen Tisdale, Mike Seaman and Bud Ashby are just a few of the names of those who have been the driving force behind this project.

We know you are not going away, just diverting some of your energies in another direction to strengthen your organization. We just thought it was time to tell you how much your hard work means to the peninsula. Thank you.

Karen Ruebsamen

KPBSD Homeless liaison

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