Public Safety and Security students to create smiles for a child
Students in the King Career Center's Public Safety and Security class are conducting a community service project that pairs them with the Palmer Correctional Center in Sutton, Alaska. The project, called Smiles for a Child, will benefit children in need during the holiday season.
During this Thanksgiving weekend, students along with their instructor Teena Calkin, will be at the Simon 5th Avenue Mall in downtown Anchorage collecting new, unwrapped toys. The donations will be given to more than 100 children of incarcerated inmates at Palmer Correctional Center.
"Incarcerated parents are usually unable to give their child a gift at Christmas," said Calkin. The students in this criminal justice class are working with the correctional facility in hopes that they can bring a smile to a child during the holiday season.
Last year's second annual drive was a huge success thanks to the many people, businesses, charitable organizations and local and national retailers. However, due to the economic downturn, the group is receiving fewer donations this year from local and national retailers.
In addition to gifts, the class also is accepting donations to cover the cost of postage to ship the items to children statewide.
New, unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the 5th Avenue Mall, first floor near the 6th Avenue entrance. The student booth will be open at the following times:
Friday, Nov. 2: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 27: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.