The Salvation Army Brings Christmas to Forest Park Residents in Partnership with LDS

Dec 18, 2020 | by Lessa Peter

Chugiak, AK­­­ – The Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will be distributing Christmas gifts for children and food boxes to families living in the Forest Park Trailer Court in Chugiak this Monday, December 21, at noon.

Chugiak’s Forest Park Trailer Court residents have been living without running water since the December 2018 earthquake which damaged the trailer court’s utilities. The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope Director, Lisa Foster, is working to connect families with resources to help them move into permanent and equitable housing. Currently, 14 families in the trailer park have applied to receive Pathway of Hope assistance from The Salvation Army.

“The families in Forest Park have been struggling for a long time and we’re blessed to have the ability to provide Christmas in partnership with our friends at LDS,” said Major John Brackenbury, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Alaska. “Christmas is a time to give to those in the most need and The Salvation Army is committed to making sure every child has a bright Christmas.”

The Salvation Army’s red kettles will be collecting donations at stores throughout Alaska until Christmas Eve. If you would like to be a part of the campaign to Rescue Christmas, please take a moment and visit akredkettle.org to make an online donation or text KETTLES to 91999. Thank you for your support and for making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.

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The Salvation Army, an evangelic part of the universal Christian church, supports those in need in His name without discrimination, offering spiritual encouragement and basic services to meet the needs of Alaskans in 18 communities. The Salvation Army has been caring for mind, body, spirit and soul of individuals, children and families in Alaska since 1898. In FY2020, The Salvation Army served 298,758 meals, gave 37,750 toys and gifts to kids in need and provided over 8,600 contacts of emotional and spiritual support helping nearly 77,000 Alaskans statewide. For more information, please visit alaska.salvationarmy.org.


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