Labor Day Weekend Donation Benefits Three Local Charities
Juneau, AK – The Juneau Central Labor Council (JCLC) hosted a drive-through donation event for three local charities on Labor Day weekend. Normally, the JCLC hosts a picnic open to the public in Juneau’s Savikko Park. But due to the pandemic, JCLC canceled the picnic and organized a donation effort instead, reaching out to the labor community with lists of needs from the local homeless shelter, foster childrens’ center, and women’s shelter. Word of the charitable effort spread, and the community responded with thousands of items being donated: warm, gently used clothing, toiletries, and other requested items. Volunteers handled the drive-through, sorting, and delivery of goods to charities.
“Juneau citizens responded with one thing in mind–people in need,” said JCLC President and Local 1281 carpenter Kirk Perisich. “We kept our Labor Day reservation at the park for one of the shelters and in the first 25 minutes of the event, we had three of the tables stacked with donations.”
“At the end of the day, we had a truckload of donations for each charity,” said Perisich. “And because we didn’t have the expense of food for the picnic, the JCLC donated over $1,000 to each of the charities as well.
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