Giving From the Heart Improves Lives
Give that special person on your list something meaningful this holiday season.
Select one or more of the gifts below in honor of someone on your shopping list and you will receive a beautiful notification that you can print and include with a card, or simply email to them with a personal note (within two business days of your order).
Giving a gift from our catalog ensures children and families have a safe, warm place to sleep, healthy meals and opportunities that lead to stability and success, in school, on the job, in life.
When lives are improved, when hope becomes real, our whole community benefits. It doesn’t happen without you.
Successful Prepared Kids
The Gift of Reading
Reading opens doors for all of us, especially young children. Books introduce us to new worlds, expand our imagination and take us on adventures. Many local children do not have access to books, early learning tools and interactions. Can you remember reading with your parents or siblings? What would life be like now had that not happened? Your gift can provide a book each month for 1 year, giving them the foundation to start school ready.
The Gift of Learning
Most us of know what it’s like to fall behind in class, to not understand the material, to feel stupid. But we probably had parents or friends or siblings that could help us. Imagine if there was no one to help and you continued to struggle, to fall further behind, to lose hope and give up. Your gift can provide students with the support they need to stay on track, build confidence and be successful in school.
The Gift of Discovery
Do you remember the excitement of learning to dance, creating a work of art, winning the science fair, finding that you love to cook? Exposure to new experiences through afterschool activities provided many of us with lasting memories and lifelong hobbies, or even careers. But what if you hadn’t had those opportunities? Your gift can provide children with the opportunity to discover their passion!
Warm Housed and Fed
The Gift of Food
Many children in our community don’t know when or if they will eat on any given day. Without consistent nutritious meals, their health and schoolwork will suffer. No child should have to worry about food. Your gift can buy enough food to feed a hungry family for a week.
The Gift of Support
When Alaskans need help, the dedicated referral specialists at Alaska 2-1-1 are there to answer the call. Providing resources, help and hope. No one need go it alone. Your gift will connect 5 Alaskans to vital needed services – from food pantries, emergency shelter, education and job training, to tax prep assistance and financial education.
The Gift of Warmth
Heating bills can triple or quadruple in the cold Alaska winter, making it nearly impossible for many families earning minimum wages to make ends meet. Have you ever had to choose between paying rent, the heating bill or buying food? These are weekly choices being made by our neighbors. Your gift can provide rent and utility assistance to a family in need for one week.
Strong Financially Stable Families
The Gift of Knowledge
Imagine what your life would be like had your family not taught you about sticking to a budget, managing your credit or saving for a rainy day? For thousands of families in Anchorage, this is a reality. Without the tools and information, they live precariously from paycheck to paycheck. Your gift can provide 1 family with financial education, counseling, and budget coaching to learn how to manage their money and become financially stable.
The Gift of Stability
For a family who cannot afford tax prep fees, missing out on a refund can be the difference between paying rent and getting evicted. Your gift can provide 5 vulnerable families with volunteer tax prep services, saving money and ensuring access to refunds and credits they are entitled to that will help them get out of debt and build emergency funds.
The Gift of Dignity
Some say the three things we all need are someone to love, something to hope for and something to do. Meaningful work that pays a fair wage is the foundation for lifting someone out of poverty and giving them a sense of dignity. Many times all that is needed is training and encouragement. Your gift can provide 1 hardworking person with education and job training that leads to employment or a better paying job – the dignity to provide for their family.