Volunteers help military families’ holiday wishes come true with Arctic Warrior Wishes

The armed services YMCA of Alaska is running its 3rd annual arctic warrior wishes event.
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 4:48 PM AKST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 9:00 AM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - This holiday season, the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska is running its 3rd annual Arctic Warrior Wishes event.

Each year, members of the armed services submit wishes, and Alaskans can sign up to help make them a reality.

These wishes come in all shapes and sizes, with many service members hoping to brighten the holidays.

Past wishes have included bringing family up to Alaska to visit, and a new snowboard.

More than 200 wishes from all over the state have been received this year, and they vary in scale.

Alaskans can take it upon themselves to grant wishes, or contribute to the wish of their choice.

Sarah Riffer, Executive Director of ASYMCA of Alaska said, “We’ll also shop for you if you want to hop on our website at www.asymca.org/alaska. You can donate and just say that you want us to shop on your behalf and we’ll get those wishes adopted. It’s really just our goal at the end of the time to see as many wishes granted as we can.”

The deadline to sign up to grant a wish is December 7, and the goal is to have all wishes granted by December 25.