AWARE thankful for creation of the Juneau Holiday Village

Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies is deeply grateful for community volunteers Samantha Adams and Tamala Booton, who have transformed the Alaska Shirt Company into the breathtaking Juneau Holiday Village.

From their love of community, and perhaps their love of all the season offers, they have opened the doors of the Juneau Holiday Village to both show many interpretations and perspectives of the holiday season and to raise funds for non-profits meeting people’s basic needs throughout the year, and during the holiday season.

Admission is free and visitors can make voluntary donations in support of AWARE, the Glory Hole, the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Incorporated into the holiday village scenes are the Epic Eye Spy Challenge, photo booth and abundant refreshments.

The Juneau Holiday Village will be open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Dec. 21-23 from 5-6:30 p.m. for hot cocoa, cookies and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The final weekend to visit the village is Dec. 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As a community agency working to end violence against women and children, violence which is 100 percent preventable, we know we cannot do it alone. We are blessed to live in a community where individuals generously extend their gifts and caring so survivors of intimate partner violence and child abuse can feel supported, not just by AWARE staff but by community members and businesses looking to serve a greater good.

Sam and Tamala, AWARE salutes you in recognizing the needs of Juneau’s citizens and taking action with grace, humility and generosity. You are truly local heroes this holiday season!

Thank you Sam, Tamala and the Alaska Shirt Company. The Juneau Holiday Village you are sharing with the community and your accompanying fundraising are inspirational for all of us at AWARE, and perhaps all of us in Juneau. You are angels of the season.

Saralyn Tabachnick,

Executive director, AWARE

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