PUBLISHED: 4:16 PM on Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Dividends that keep on giving
October is a great time in Alaska, the beginning of fall's colors emerge, the excitement of the holidays begin to build and our yearly dividends are received electronically, and by mail into the hands of Alaskan's with the promise of bills being paid, a vacation being taken or a new appliance for the kitchen.

It is also the time that we expand our homes to allow for others to enter, room is made at the dinner table for another and our hearts grow with goodwill, hope and peace, a promise of joining with community, family to family.

And my family and I are not unlike you and yours.

Visions of Disneyland dance through our heads, the excitement of Christmas in Colorado fills the imagination and our four walls expand to welcome and receive old and new friends alike, as our hearts seem to grow with the changing season.

So to celebrate the gift of the dividend and to give back and join hands with our community, family to family, we are giving $ 25.00 from each of our family members dividends to the American Red Cross.

I know that twenty five dollars is not a lot.

But, it can ensure that a mother has a safe place to lay her child's head, it will ensure that a family is able to clothe themselves, a father will be able to provide food, a grandfather will receive his heart medication and assistance will be given to find a new place to call home.

The Red Cross can not assist families on there own, we need the help of caring community members, families to choose to give out of what they have received.

Consider donating twenty five dollars from each of your family members dividends this year, your donation could be assisting a co-worker, relative, friend or maybe even your own family in a time of disaster.

"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something," said Sandra Day O'Connor.

To make a donation to the Red Cross you may do so by calling our offices at 463-5713 or by mailing your donation to 3200 Hospital DR # 203, Juneau AK 99801.