Year of Kindness drive for Front Street Clinic: August 7 – 13

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This week is Tongass Democrats’ Year of Kindness event! Support Front Street Clinic by collecting the supplies in their list. Photo by Prawny at

The Tongass Democrats’ part of Juneau’s Year of Kindness starts tomorrow!

Our donation drive will support Front Street Clinic, which treats patients without regard to their ability to pay. They have many clients who are homeless, and one of their services is to maintain a small stock of personal care items.

Important note: Due to very limited space, they can only accept the items on the list included below.

Read on to see that list and find out how you can help!

How to help out

  1. Be a group organizer by leading a drive with your social group(s). For example, a member of a local faith community has said that he will be asking other members to bring donation items to their service during the week of our drive. He’ll collect and deliver the items.
  2. Sign up for a shift at Foodland. Shifts are 11AM – 1PM (Monday – Friday) and 5PM – 7PM (Monday -Thursday). The table captain, Jenny, tells me that she needs the most help on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Jenny at 988-7643 or email to sign up today!
  3. Run a drive at your workplace. Here’s a flyer (.pdf) you can put on a collection box.
  4. Work somewhere that having a political design would be inappropriate? No problem – we’ve made arrangements with Front Street Clinic to use their name for donation flyers. Here’s the flyer (.pdf) for that situation.

One thing to be aware of: We can’t provide receipts for tax deductions. If that is important to someone, they will need to donate directly to Front Street Clinic. Their number is 907-586-4230.

If you would like help getting the supplies you’ve collected to Front Street Clinic, please contact Mary via email. I’ll either deliver them myself or make arrangements for someone else to deliver them.

The list
The Clinic’s items of greatest need right now are men’s and women’s socks, new and in the package. They also need:

  • Sample sized soap, shampoo and body lotion
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste (no mouthwash or other alcohol-based products, please)
  • Disposable razors
  • Combs
  • Reading glasses
  • Hand and foot warming packets

This is all that they have room to accept, so please keep that in mind as you are collecting.

Thanks so much for helping to make Juneau a kinder place!

And, if you have a minute, take the time to say “Thanks” to the Juneau Police Department, which came up with the idea for the Year of Kindness.

– Mary

The views in this opinion piece are those of the author. They are not official positions of or the Tongass Democrats.

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