February 27, 2009
A Dynamic Duo
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham recently teamed up to deliver food to a small struggling Alaskan community.
The Yukon River community, made up of 330 people, has been struggling financially because of soaring gas prices and scarce food supplies. Graham's Samaritan's Purse organization has stepped in with the goal of eventually delivering 40,000 pounds of donations to Alaska communities affected by hard times.
Churches, nonprofits, bloggers and donors have also partnered in the relief effort in gathering food and supplies.
Palin hopes the relief effort will raise awareness about available job opportunities for young people even if "it requires in some cases leaving the village for a short time."
A letter out of the lower Yukon River village of Emmonak first brought attention to the matter.
Interviews with Palin and Graham on the relief trail can be found here.
(Originally published at Religion News Service's blog.)