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Thanksgiving gifts delivered in a tough pandemic year

  • Author: Marc Lester
  • Updated: November 25, 2020
  • Published November 24, 2020

Lamy Sanouvong greets Kasey Esguerra, left, and Andy Morckel, who visited to give her a ham. (Marc Lester / ADN)

Employees of the Malaspina and Glacier Terrace mobile home parks in East Anchorage visited residents to give away hams and turkeys for Thanksgiving on Tuesday. Office manager Kasey Esguerra, security worker Andy Morckel and facility supervisor Marcus Sims pitched in to distribute them to several dozen households of the neighborhoods near DeBarr Road and Bragaw Street on Monday and Tuesday.

Esguerra and Morckel called it a heartwarming part of the job. “Even during these rough times, with the pandemic going on, it’s nice to see them smile,” Morckel said.

Moses Daniel, general manager of the mobile home parks, said they choose residents at random for the gift, with a special emphasis on households that have kids. They also select people to receive meals at Christmas, and also give away some gift cards for school supplies at the start of the school year.

Daniel said the pandemic has made this year a struggle for many residents. He said the mobile home parks haven’t charged late fees for rent, and have sent out newsletters to keep people informed about where they might find other assistance.

“We love helping,” Daniel said. “I think everyone that can help should help.”

Andy Morckel, left, and Marcus Sims load hams and turkeys into a pickup truck to distribute to households. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Kasey Esguerra, right, hands a ham to Angeleis Rosario. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Employees of Malaspina and Glacier Terrace mobile home parks Andy Morckel and Kasey Esguerra deliver hams and turkeys to residents on November 24, 2020. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Kasey Esguerra, left, and Andy Morckel wait for a resident to come to the door. (Marc Lester / ADN)
One Sekasin receives a turkey. (Marc Lester / ADN)