Neighborhood GIFT helps Puerto Rican family start over
Spending Christmas in Alaska wasn't the plan for Randall Lopez and his family of five.
But, after Hurricane Maria ravaged their neighborhood in Puerto Rico, they found themselves heading north to stay with family in Anchorage.
While Lopez applies for jobs, they considered the cost of buying Christmas presents for their three kids. They were happy to learn about the Neighborhood GIFT program.
Salvation Army officials estimate they'll give out 15,000 toys to 8,000 children this year.
The toys come from businesses and individuals, part of a huge community effort to stockpile gifts for the two-day distribution.
Those who want a gift need only to show up and ask, along with proof of address and documentation for the children.
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