Despite shaky economic times, Alaskans are still giving. 

"It's actually been quite fascinating," said Jessie Lavoie, program manager for Pick.Click.Give. "We'd raised $2.9 million, or pledged $2.9 million so far, which is a high from last year and the year before."

It's a positive sign for someone whose career is all about charting charity.

"Seeing this uptick with Pick.Click.Give. is encouraging," Lavoie said. "Alaskans take care of Alaskans." 

On Thursday, Subaru's company-wide Share the Love event showed that businesses are also doing their part to give back.

Donations were made to two local charities: Alaska Children's Trust, whose mission is preventing child abuse, and Abused Women's Aid in Crisis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence.

Continental Subaru of Anchorage donated $19,003 to ACT and $15,879 to AWAIC. 

"These funds will go a long way towards supporting direct services that strengthen families and support kids," said Julia Martinez, the VP of philanthropy and external affairs of the Alaska Children's Trust. 

In times when money is tight everywhere, it makes a difference.

"When we're talking about unrestricted money, this means that it's money that can help in any way, shape or form," said Suzi Pearson, AWAIC's executive director. "It can help keep the lights on. It can make sure that we've got the food on the table for the families in the shelter, make sure that if somebody needs to be relocated, that we can help do that."

Continental's employees select the charities and then the customers help decide where the money goes. 

"Our customers have a choice and they can go with these national charities or they can pick local.  And 99.9% of the customers choose the local charities, which speaks volumes about Alaskans," said Marten Martensen, dealer principal and one of the owners at Continental. 

The only criteria in deciding where the money goes for the employees is that it goes to people in need. 

Pearson says funds "from the community are the most meaningful and the fact that the Continental family chose AWAIC is just really truly incredible." 

As of Thursday, 26,560 people have donated to Pick.Click.Give. and the average donation is $113.89, according to Lavoie.

Even though the PFD deadline has passed, there's still time to contribute. People can donate part or all of their PFD through Pick.Click.Give until Aug. 31. 

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