Alaska Kids for Kids  was started on May 9, 2011 by Sarah Mixsell when she turned 9 years old.  ​On that birthday, Sarah decided that rather than receiving gifts from her friends, she asked that each person bring a gift that could be donated to AWAIC (Abused Women's Aid in Crisis), a residential center in Anchorage that provides shelter for abused women and their children. At her party, her friends also assembled 24 "birthday parties in a bag". Each bag included a cake mix, frosting, candles, plates/napkins/forks/cups and party favors for 8 people. When a child staying at the AWAIC center has a birthday, they can select a new gift from the birthday closet and have a party. Most children staying at AWAIC bring few things from their home and rarely have much to call their own while at the center since most things are shared. These gifts gave children at AWAIC an opportunity to celebrate their special day with a gift and party, despite their challenging circumstances. 

​​As a result of that experience, she decided to found Alaska Kids for Kids.  Each year on her birthday she will devote some part of her celebration to serving kids in Alaska.  The organization will also encourage other kids to participate and share ideas on how they made a difference.


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Alaska Kids for Kids
An Alaska-based, youth-led non-profit corporation.  100% of proceeds donated to youth services in Alaska.