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Neighborhood GIFT calls for volunteers

By Shannon Ballard 8:22 AM December 12, 2013

Hundreds needed to help

ANCHORAGE - The annual Neighborhood GIFT event is coming up Dec. 16 and 17, and thousands of people are expected to stop by Sullivan Arena to receive the fixings for a holiday meal and Christmas toys for children.

Volunteers are preparing for the crowds by sorting food and gifts, but hundreds of more helpers are needed to make the event successful, they said.

It’s anticipated that about 300 people will be served each hour during the two-day event.

“This is our call to service,” said Michael Miller, executive director of Food Bank of Alaska. “The Salvation Army and Food Bank of Alaska will ask folks to come on out and volunteer for GIFT this year.”

To register to volunteer visit www.bethechange907.org

For questions about the GIFT program this year, call 2-1-1. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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