Altruism apparent around town
ANCHORAGE - On any other day Don Wagner would be in Fire Station 7 waiting for a call, but for the past six years, the Anchorage paramedic is attached to a kettle this time of year.
“We see people in the worst of their circumstances and this is a way to help them along a little bit,” Wagner said.
Last year, firefighters and other bell ringers statewide raised more than $700,000 for the Salvation Army. Across town at the Sears Mall, there is a new Christmas tradition — the Make-A-Wish travel tree.
Sam Allred, 14, has been in and out of the hospital with a rare kidney disease for years. But three years ago, Sam’s wish to go to Walt Disney World with his family came true. Today there are 50 other kids with their wishes on the travel tree.
“This one is an 8-year-old girl,” Sam said. “She needs a small photo and autograph books.”
This holiday season on street corners across Anchorage, we’ll all be given the chance to make someone’s Christmas wish come true. Sometimes we’ll find them in red kettles. And sometimes, yes sometimes, they grow on trees. Make-A-Wish travel trees can been found at SteamDot Coffee locations in Anchorage until Dec. 15.