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Sharing Gifts to Serve Anchorage's Homeless

Published On: Jan 29 2014 01:50:00 PM AKST

Reporter Garrett Turner/Photographer Rick Schleyer


It's at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church that Pastor Alonzo Patterson was talking to his congregation about using their God-given gifts to help people.

Four years ago, Sheri Boggs brought her gifts to Project Homeless Connect, an annual event helps individuals go to one place to find help rather than traveling throughout the city.

"I've always knit," Boggs said Wednesday. "I do it just for relaxation. I always enjoyed giving it to people because I know when they get something that's homemade, they really cherish it."

Because of Boggs, more than 2,000 of Anchorage's homeless will receive handmade scarves, sweaters and gloves. Between inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, elementary and high school students, and others throughout the community, this year's donation of homemade clothing was the largest ever.

"People get to come in and get what they want instead of having people give it to them," Boggs said. "If you're homeless, or in need, you probably don't get a lot of things that are made for you."

It's just one example of the type of community support that could be found at the Egan Center on Wednesday.