Marti Fred, facility coordinator for the Glory Hall, puts away donations of wool socks and hand warmers at the local soup kitchens and homeless shelter on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Marti Fred, facility coordinator for the Glory Hall, puts away donations of wool socks and hand warmers at the local soup kitchens and homeless shelter on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Here’s how to do some good this holiday season

Find out where, how and what to give this month

It’s crunch time for organizations taking donations, as Christmas is just over a week away. We’re listing donation efforts here every Sunday leading up to Christmas, letting you know a few options as you consider making contributions as the season of giving marches on.

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska

• What they’re doing: Winter Supply Drive

• What they need: Any gently used winter gear, hygiene products or non-perishable food items.

• Where you can donate: At the Andrew Hope Building, Sacred Grounds Café (also located in the Andrew Hope Building), the Edward K. Thomas Building (9097 Glacier Highway) and the TANF Office (above First Bank by Safeway).

• When you can donate: Business hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

The Glory Hall Shelter

• What they’re doing: Collecting donations for the winter season. They’re also giving a gift of a hat, socks and gloves to patrons on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, they’re serving a special breakfast. This month is also when about half of the shelter’s money is raised every year.

• What they need: Cash donations, fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, cleaning supplies, cheese, butter, eggs, socks, clean new underwear, raingear in good condition, warm coats, footwear, household items to help people as they move into their own housing, towels, dish towels, pillow cases, sheets for twin beds, sanitary products.

• Where you can donate: At the Glory Hall, 247 S. Franklin Street. You can call 586-4159 if you want to set something up in advance.

• When you can donate: Any day from 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Love, Inc.

• What they’re doing: Loving Locals, along with St. Paul’s Catholic Church, a program that collects gifts and clothing for those in need.

• What they need: Toys for all ages, especially teen gifts such as gift cards or movie passes. Also socks, underwear, pajamas, hats and gloves. They also need volunteers.

• Where you can donate: The Love, Inc. office that shares a parking lot with Valley Church at 9741 Mendenhall Loop Road. St. Paul’s, located at 9055 Atlin Drive, is also accepting donations. People can volunteer by emailing programcoord@alaska.net or by calling 780-4090.

• When you can donate: The office is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Donations are accepted until Dec. 16.

The Salvation Army

• What they’re doing: Bell ringing, Angel Tree program (pick a name from a tree and buy a present for a child), Adopt-a-Family program (buy specific gifts for a family), In-Mate Store (Lemon Creek Correctional Center inmates pick out gifts to send their children), Food Box (providing a full Christmas dinner)

• What they need: People to sign up for these programs, by calling the Salvation Army at 586-2136 or picking a name off trees around town, which are located at many banks. People can also donate money, turkeys or other food items that could fit in a holiday food box.

• How you can sign up for a food box or gift: Stop by the Salvation Army at 439 Willoughby Ave.

• Where you can donate or volunteer: The Salvation Army at 439 Willoughby Ave. or online at www.juneau.salvationarmy.org.

• When you can donate: Weekdays from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and during social service hour from 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4-6 p.m. Thursdays. You can call 586-2136 to set up a time to drop food off.

Southeast Alaska Food Bank

• What they’re doing: Collecting food year-round.

• What they need: They accept nonperishables, peanut butter, canned food and soup. They also accept pet food as well as miscellaneous items such as toiletries and diapers.

• Where you can donate money: P.O. Box 33681, Juneau AK 99803. Donations are tax-deductible.

• Where you can donate food: The food bank at 10020 Crazy Horse Drive.

• When you can donate: The food bank is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekdays.

St. Vincent de Paul

• What they’re doing: Adopt-a-Family, where families or co-workers “adopt” a family in need and buy specific gifts. It’s too late to sign up to adopt a family, but you can donate resources to the program. Multiple organizations do this program, and they coordinate with each other to ensure there isn’t any overlap and that families are all served.

• What they need: New, unwrapped gifts and gift wrapping for any age range. You can also donate gift cards (movies, swim passes, Fred Meyer, etc.) or money.

• Where you can donate: The SVdP thrift store at 9151 Glacier Highway, SVdP offices in Smith Hall at 8617 Teal Street, St. Paul’s Catholic Church at 9055 Atlin Drive, the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 416 Fifth Street, or www.svdpjuneau.org.

• When you can donate: At the thrift store, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; at the SVdP offices, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., anytime during the churches’ business hours.


• Any local organizations that would like to add their names to this list should contact reporter Alex McCarthy at amccarthy@juneauempire.com. This list will be updated and republished in next Sunday’s newspaper.


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