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Salvation Army, Food Bank of Alaska team up for annual GIFT program

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Preparations are underway for the annual GIFT program, a long-time collaboration between the Salvation Army and the Food Bank of Alaska that aims to see that every child in Anchorage has a toy for the holidays and every family has food for a holiday meal.

The event takes place Dec. 15 and 16 at the Sullivan Arena. On Friday a small army of volunteers was getting ready, sorting donated toys by age group in a Salvation Army warehouse in preparation for the event.

The program served 9,000 children last year, according to Rio Ray with the Salvation Army, and they’re expecting even more this year. He said they could still use toys for children in the highest age range, up to 14-years-old.

“Nine to eleven, twelve to fourteen are always hard age groups to fill,” said Ray.”Nerf guns, soccer balls, make-up kits or art kits for girls — all of those are amazing gifts that people can give.”

Rio said people can drop off new, unwrapped toys in the marked bins at all Fred Meyer stores in Anchorage. He said they can also bring them directly to the Sullivan Arena on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Anyone is eligible to participate in the GIFT Program, provided they are an Anchorage resident.

Rio said they need to bring proof of residency as well as some sort of documentation or ID for each of their children. Residents are encouraged to come at specific times that match their zip codes.

For more information, visit the Food Bank of Alaska website.

The post Salvation Army, Food Bank of Alaska team up for annual GIFT program appeared first on KTVA 11.

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