Editor, Valdez Star 

Thanksgiving's bounty is abundant throughout Valdez

The town is teeming with benefactors and recipients, especially during holidays


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There will be turkey for all in Valdez this Thanksgiving - thanks to a lot of generous folks.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and a number of groups in Valdez are getting ready to share the bounty of the holiday season.

There is something for everybody this year, regardless of your financial circumstances. If you are in need, there are people who want to help. If you are in a position to give, there are a number of organizations that would welcome what you have to offer in time, goods, or financial support.

Bayside community Church is spreading the word that it will host a Thanksgiving meal this holiday and its doors are open to all.

"Bayside Community Church welcomes anyone who wishes to have a Thanksgiving meal," the church said in a piece it asked the Valdez Star to public in the What's Happening About Town section. "The traditional meal will begin at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, at 321 Egan, followed by family games and fellowship."

For those who are little short this year, the Valdez Food Bank will be distributing complete Thanksgiving boxes for holiday meals this Thursday, November 19. The organization will be closed on Thursday of next week, the day it is usually open for regular food distribution.

The food bank has been urging those in need to take advantage of its food distributions to avoid other potential financial hardships.

Once Thanksgiving rolls around, it won't be long until it's Christmas.

This means that Sheila Jordan, along with other good folks at Copper Valley Telecom, have been working behind the scenes to bring Christmas cheer to Valdez youngsters who's families are facing financial hardships this winter.

"That tree is going up this week, I hope," Jordan said Monday. "Nothing's changed from last year."

Each year, CVT employees trim a Christmas tree in Valdez and Glennallen with handmade ornaments that bear the age, gender and needs of a child whose family is in difficult circumstances.

In Valdez, the tree is set up at the post office. Those with extra means this holiday season can pick out an ornament and make a child's Christmas special by donating and wrapping appropriate gifts using the ornament as a guide. Donors can then bring the wrap gifts and place them under the tree with the ornament attached so that volunteers can make sure the right child receives the right packages.

Cash donations to the program are also welcome.

There are plenty of other organizations working throughout Valdez to help the needy during the holiday season - and the rest of the year.

Do you have a need but aren't sure where to begin to look for help or services?

Connecting Ties, a local nonprofit agency, may be a good place to start. It specializes in matching those in need with those who provide services throughout Valdez in the Copper Basin.


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