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Students to receive donated school supplies Wednesday

By Dave Leval 4:22 PM August 12, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

It resembles a small-scale assembly line.

However, volunteers at the Sullivan Arena are giving up some of their time to help kids learn.

The building is the site for Wednesday’s annual Helping Us Give School Supplies — or HUGSS — event.

The Salvation Army is again leading the effort to collect those supplies for needy children.

Maj. Nila Fankhauser is with the group’s Alaska division.

She points out it’s important to make sure all children have what they need to start the new school year.

“If they can succeed, there’s hope for them to do better, and hope for them to succeed in life really if they do well in school,” Fankhauser said. “It’s kind of like a catch-22. If they don’t do well in school, we’re going to be paying for them in other ways.”

Kids participating in the program will also receive a new winter coat donated by Fred Meyer.

The supplies will be handed out while they last Wednesday at Sullivan Arena starting at 9 a.m.

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