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Alaskan Make-A-Wish recipient to kick off event focused on other children

By KTVA CBS 11 News 6:30 PM November 26, 2013

Effort launches Friday at SteamDot Coffee

ANCHORAGE – Sam Allred, 14, has battled a life-threatening kidney disease for more than a decade. Three years ago, his wish to go to Walt Disney World, along with his 10 siblings, was granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Now, with the help of family friendly blog AKontheGo and SteamDot Coffee, Sam will kick off travel-themed gift-giving to Alaskan children — and their siblings — who are waiting for their wishes.

Friday at SteamDot Coffee, located at 600 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Sam will donate the initial gift at 11 a.m. He will also pass out tags from the “Travel Trees” to shoppers. The tags list travel-related things — such as backpacks, beach towels and disposable cameras — that people can purchase for the kids, said Make-A-Wish Alaska Regional Director Nicole Sheldon. The items can be dropped off at the “Travel Trees,” located at both SteamDot locations, and the promotion runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 15.

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