Here at Shred Alaska, we have the opportunity to be a small part of a bigger community. One beyond our own families and friends. One that stretches beyond the ins and outs of “tipping bins” as we call it, or shredding paper. Every now and then we come across individuals that impact our lives in ways that are unforgettable. Ada, and her daughter Josephine, are two of those people.
Ada has shown unrelenting kindness and care to our Shred Alaska family, over a long period of time. Her smiling face always greeting us on our scheduled shred days at Pediatric Neurology. You see, Ada pours over her cookbooks, monthly, to decide what treat she will bring those days. Just to be a ray of goodness to us….the shred guys. She doesn’t realize the appreciation we feel towards her as she takes the time to think of others before herself. We hope that our gesture here, reminds Ada, just how important it is that Shred Alaska continues to connect, support, and uplift where we can.
In a moment of deep sorrow Ada became a beacon of light and kindness in a world that all too often is void of such gestures. So let us give back to her daughter and her cause by introducing the legacy of Ada’s daughter, Josephine.
June 19th, 2016
It was a beautiful summer solstice weekend in Alaska and throughout the nation.
Summer solstice spoke to Josephine on a spiritual level and so she went out to enjoy the festivities happening in our city. At this point in Josephine’s life her demons had been baiting her almost constantly and Josephine tried to fight them away with alcohol, requiring more and more to get her through each day. As the sun was setting, an inebriated 22 year old fashionista wanted to be closer to the sky to get an unobstructed view of the sun setting. Josephine made her way to the top of a 7 story building, barely able to stand. She climbed her way onto the railing taking in the beautiful sight, her spirit feeling full; the demons at bay for the time being. It was in that moment alcohol and demons pushed Josephine off the railing where her body fell and her spirit rose. Her friends and family will never again be able to hear her laugh, or see her smile as she walked through the door. The hundreds of lives she touched are now missing a vibrant light in their heart. The dreams Josephine had to incorporate her love of helping animals and her love of massage would be unrealized. The world became a little less bright the day alcohol and depression took Josephine’s life.
We ask that you please take the time to be a beacon of light on behalf of Ada and Josephine’s Dream. It’s our goal that everyone who supports Shred Alaska, and our “shred family” knows about the opportunity to donate to this amazing family and cause. Alaska can be a difficult place to live and we have to support where and when we can. The small and the large opportunities. Take them, when you see them.
Josephine’s Dream will provide scholarships to worthy students (graduating high school seniors or post-secondary students) pursuing a career in animal care, focusing but not limited to veterinary programs and certificates. The application is open to students from middle-income families, who are not likely to receive financial aid from other sources. The scholarship is open to students from all states, although Alaskan students will be given preference.
To donate to Josephine’s dream, please click the link below. If you wish to make a donation less than $25 or to donate via check or cash, please contact us at:
The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
Please make checks payable to: “The Alaska Community Foundation” and write “Josephine’s Dream” in the memo.