Teen moms enjoy 'Christmas in July' thanks to APD and a community that cares

Updated: Jul. 28, 2023 at 9:00 PM EDT
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Sgt. Jon Butler of the Anchorage Police Department and Anchorage Cops for Community partnered with Young Lives Alaska to give a surprise free shopping spree to selected teen mothers. This year, they decided to move the ‘surprise’ giving to the teen moms from December to July, thus ‘Christmas in July.’ With help from Walmart and Matson, two teen moms were selected to help shop for a host of teen moms on the receiving end of the community's generosity. The two young women chosen to shop were Puata 'Pua' and her son Ezrah and … Lacy and her son Gabriel. Both moms are bettering themselves with college and entrepreneurship so to be able to defer the costs of diapers, formula, baby clothes and playthings is quite a financial relief. Again, this was all a surprise! What a wonderful gift from the community to better Anchorage citizens. A big thanks to Katie Bailey of AC4C and Celeste Johnson of Young Lives Alaska. If you are a teen parent or about to become one, there is support and help available at younglivesalaska.younglife.org and facebook.com/YoungLivesAlaska. If you have a story idea for The Allgood News, email Dave at AllgoodNews@KTUU.com.