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Wall of Love: Items hung at Denali Elementary for the needy

Published: Jul. 25, 2020 at 5:01 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Two college seniors wanted to make a meaningful impact on the community so they packaged up 600 hundred items and hung them on a fence near Denali Elementary School.

Teagan Gutka and Hailey Baker have been friends since they went to high school together at Eielson.

Teagan Gutka and Hailey Baker hang items near Denali Elementary School Saturday morning.
Teagan Gutka and Hailey Baker hang items near Denali Elementary School Saturday morning.(Sarah Hollister)

While Gutka was away at college she took part in a community service project called “Walls of Love.” The program packages up basic necessities like water, snacks, toothbrushes and soap and hangs them for those who need them to take.

Walls of Love was originally started in 2018 by Holly Jackson in Cleveland Ohio. Jackson started the program after experiencing homelessness when she left a domestic violence situation. Jackson said she was pregnant at the time and government for help, only to be denied assistance.

“I remember all these years later how that felt and never wanted to feel that way again.” Jackson said.

Fairbanks is host to the 499th Wall of Love, and the 98th neighborhood to take part.

“It’s really exciting and to know that people are being able to get items that they desperately need, especially in the pandemic. I’m so humbled and honored to do it in different neighborhoods and different states. It’s my goal to make it global,” Jackson stated.

When Gutka and Baker left college for summer break they decided to do a wall in Fairbanks.

“Walls of love is a shameless way for people to get help. No judgment, no questions, you take what you need and pay it forward later when you can.” Gutka said.

Teagan Gutka and Hailey Baker hang items near Denali Elementary School Saturday morning.
Teagan Gutka and Hailey Baker hang items near Denali Elementary School Saturday morning.(Sarah Hollister)

You can visit the wall at 1042 Lathrop Street, or if you want to donate visit wallsoflove.com

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