Thanksgiving donation season set to begin this weekend for homeless shelter

Thanksgiving donation season set to begin this weekend for homeless shelter

The Glory Hall will accept turkeys, canned food at Ski Sale

Even while you’re just waiting in line to enter Saturday’s annual Ski Sale, you can make a positive difference in the community.

For the third year in a row, the Glory Hall homeless shelter is partnering with the Ski Sale, Allen Marine and Heritage Coffee to gather donations of canned food and frozen turkeys Saturday in an effort called Giving Thanks. People who bring food items will get their choice of coffee or hot chocolate for free.

The Ski Sale — where people can get deals on new and used winter gear — runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall, but the line outside often starts forming earlier in the morning. Glory Hall Executive Director Mariya Lovishchuk said there will be volunteers from the shelter — board members and patrons — who will walk up and down the line and collect food.

There will be a younger crop of volunteers as well, Lovishchuk said, as a few members of the Juneau-Douglas High School National Honor Society will also be helping out. She didn’t have the exact numbers available during an interview, but Lovishchuk said they’re hoping to build on an event that picked up more food last year than the previous year.

“Last year was better for the Giving Thanks event than the first year,” Lovishchuk said. “This is the third year and I hope the third year is even better than the second year.”

According to a post on the shelter’s website, suggested food items include: turkeys, fresh or instant potatoes, gravy mix, sparkling cider, stuffing, whipped cream or any canned good that would fit in at a Thanksgiving dinner.

Allen Marine is starting off the donations with 25 frozen turkeys, Lovishchuk said, which the tour company also donated last year.

The Giving Thanks event also kicks off the Glory Hall’s busiest time of year. The shelter always puts together Thanksgiving baskets to bring to families who can’t afford a large Thanksgiving dinner. People can bring food to the shelter, located on South Franklin Street, any day of the week from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lovishchuk emphasized that there are a few pick-up dates and that the earlier they have the donations the better. The baskets will be given out on Nov. 17-21. Anyone who would like to sign up for a Thanksgiving basket can call the shelter at 586-4159.

This annual drive aims to provide dinners for between 150 and 200 families, according to the shelter’s website.

“This makes it possible for everybody to have a Thanksgiving meal regardless of their income,” Lovishchuk said. “I think it’s really wonderful because it equalizes the playing field in the community, even if it’s just for one day.”


• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or amccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.


More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Jan. 29

Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel Winfree gets a standing ovation from the Alaska State Legislature as he enters the House chamber Wednesday to deliver his final State of the Judiciary speech. Winfree is stepping down next Monday when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Chief justice bids lawmakers a fervent farewell

Daniel Winfree, in State of Judiciary days before retirement, warns about mixing politics and courts

Alpine meals are great, but it's tough to beat the satisfaction of a hot meal on the shore after fishing through a run for steelhead. (Jeff Lund / For the Juneau Empire)
I Went to the Woods: Either or, probably not both

It’s really difficult to double-major both in college and in life.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

This photo shows frozen salmonberries for use all winter. (Courtesy Photo / Vivian Faith Prescott)
Planet Alaska: Salmonberries in winter

Sometimes in the winter, I dream of salmonberries…

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire 
Young students from the Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy program at Harborview Elementary School dance on stage Wednesday afternoon during a dancing-of-the-robes ceremony for over a dozen Chilkat robes that were weaved by student weavers who participated in a more than two-year-long apprenticeship to learn the craft.
Chilkat robes come to life in ceremony

The pieces were created by dozens of student weavers over the past two year

This Sunday, June 30, 2019, aerial photo released by Earthjustice shows the Alaska's North Slope in the Western Arctic on the edge of Teshekpuk Lake, Alaska. The Biden administration issued a long-awaited study on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, that recommends allowing a major oil development on Alaska's North Slope, and the move — while not final — drew immediate anger from environmentalists who saw it as a betrayal of the president's pledges to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy sources. (Kiliii Yuyan for Earthjustice via AP)
Biden administration takes step toward OK’ing Willow Project

Final decision expected no sooner than early March.

Bus drivers picket outside the bus barn in Wasilla, Alaska on Jan. 26, 2023. Bus drivers in Alaska’s second-largest school district have gone on strike after delivering students to classes on Tuesday,  Jan. 31, citing unfair labor practices. (Loren Holmes / Anchorage Daily News)
Mat-Su school bus drivers strike

ANCHORAGE — Bus drivers in Alaska’s second-largest school district went on strike… Continue reading

The Juneau School District’s recently announced its new directors of teaching and learning support and student services who are set to start in their positions in July. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
District selects new directors for teaching and learning support and student services

The new directors will take over their roles in the district in July.

Most Read