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This community wears its heart on its sleeve when it comes to the homeless.

A short-term solution is better than no solution at all.

Laura Jean Straight, 65, died on Oct. 9, 2019, in Bellingham, Washington. She was born to Mildred Irwin and Al Betmyeren on Dec.
A helping hand

Alaskans need help.

It’s well known that Anchorage and the surrounding area experienced a terrific earthquake almost a week ago. The quake registered a 7.0 magnitude with about 1,500 aftershocks in the subsequent days. Another quake registering 5.7 followed.

It wasn’t as devastating as the 9.0-magnitude quake of 1964, but nothing to dismiss as slight, either.

It caused extensive damage, to the point that at least a couple of schools won’t be open the balance of the school year and perhaps not for a couple years. Other buildings sustained damage, as well, along with roadways and other property. Thankfully, no one died in the earthquakes.

The damage can be repaired. Assessments and cleanups have started, and Anchorage is on the road to recovery.

Along the way, it will depend on both the state and federal governments, as well as organizations and churches that are known to provide assistance in times like these.

Ketchikan and its surrounding area can aid in the recovery. Donations can be made to those who are called upon during disasters. The Salvation Army can be contacted through its website at https://alaska.salvation army.org. The American Red Cross is at https://www.redcross.org/local/alaska.html.

In Anchorage, Bean’s Cafe and Alaska Food Banks are responding to the disaster. Their websites are https://www.beanscafe.org and https://www.foodbanks.net/state/ak.html.

Anchorage is much bigger than Ketchikan. But sometimes the little guy is the one that should extend a helping hand. This is one of those times.