Compassionate Gift: With giving down and need up, Yukon helping ministry blessed by delivery

35 boxes filled with personal hygiene items, cleaning products

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Compassionate Hands’ Care-A-Van driver Deborah Parvin stands beside a large gift of personal care products presented to the Yukon nonprofit ministry through the AmazonSmile program. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

With charitable giving down and the need for help rising, a Yukon nonprofit has received an early Christmas gift provided by a special group of shoppers.

Yukon Compassionate Hands on Nov. 24 accepted a delivery of 35 boxes containing thousands of dollars in personal hygiene items and cleaning products.

Compassionate Hands Director Joanne Riley

The large contribution came through the AmazonSmile program – and the timing couldn’t have been better, Compassionate Hands Director Joanne Riley said.

“On behalf of Compassionate Hands, I am so grateful for the generosity of Amazon shoppers who are supporting local charities to help those in need,” Riley said. “That’s especially important this year with so much economic uncertainty.

“Compassionate Hands has seen an exponential increase in requests for basic life essentials such as rent, utilities and medications.”

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FILLING THE NEEDS

Amazon recently notified the Yukon helping ministry they would be fulfilling items on their AmazonSmile Charity List.

Amazon shoppers can easily contribute to Compassionate Hands by designating the Yukon charity when making their online purchases.

“We’re reminding people to choose Compassionate Hands through AmazonSmile while they do their holiday shopping this year,” Riley said. “If you choose us as your designated charity, we get a percentage of your purchase.”

Items on the charity list include: Shampoo and conditioner, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, body wash, shower gel, deodorant, laundry soap, and more.

Compassionate Hands, now in its 26th year serving Yukon residents facing temporary crisis, helps 60-80 people monthly with rent and utility assistance, medications, and personal care items.

The local ministry offers an accessible Care-A-Van transportation service to take the elderly and disabled residents to medical appointments and personal errands.

Learn more by calling 354-9591 or visiting compassionatehandsyukon.com