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Help Kotlik, Stebbins, Gambell, & Savoonga

If you would like to help families of Stebbins / Kotlik affected by flooding or families in Gambell / Savoonga in need of food, here’s how to pitch in and help out:

Kotlik: KNOM is accepting donations of clean blankets/bedding and winter boots. Bring your donations by KNOM now through this Friday November 22, (donation deadline extended through next week!) 8am-5pm: 107 West 3rd Avenue. Please bring your items in a box if you can. KNOM is partnering with Ryan Air to send collected goods to Kotlik.

Stebbins: Donate men’s jeans size 34×34, men’s / women’s warm shirts and pants, snowpants and boots for kids ages 5-9, warm socks, and blankets. Send items to Anna Nashoanak @ Stebbins Community Association. Take items to Bering Air, and they’ll ship them free of charge. If you’d like items picked up in Nome, call Faye Buffas: 304-2455.

Gambell & Savoonga: Donate dry, non-perishable foods. Send items to Native Village of Gambell Relief Effort or City of Savoonga Relief Effort, and send via Bering Air, free of charge. Want to send perishables or meat products? Contact Pearl Mikulski at Kawerak 443-4245.

Special thanks to Ryan Air and Bering Air for donating freight shipment.

If you live outside of Nome, and you want to help Stebbins and Kotlik, communities severely flooded by recent winter storms, contact the State of Alaska American Red Cross. This organization is mobilizing efforts to provide the communities supplies they specifically need. They’re gathering needs lists directly and sending for these supplies in order to provide the best help possible. You can find information on how to help through their website.


  1. Cheryl Rosa on November 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Does anyone know if Alaska Air will ship to Nome gratis?

  2. Cheryl Rosa on November 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

    There are many people would like to help from Anchorage–could you add instructions from there, as well?

    • Laura Collins on November 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Cheryl, I appreciate your desire to help. I wish there was a way for us to arrange that for folks from elsewhere in the state, but we are working with a bush airline flying from here in Nome and we’re on a deadline to get things together and get them there.

  3. Laura Collins on November 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm


    Red Cross of Alaska is currently working with families directly in Kotlik who were affected by the storm. http://www.redcross.org/news/article/ak/anchorage/Statewide-Response-to-Winter-Storms
    They’re working on compiling lists of supplies that are needed, and sending their workers out to compile those supplies. If you would like to contribute to this effort, they are collecting monetary donations through their website, and there is a specific form you can fill out to direct your money to that cause specifically.

    I hope this is helpful!

    • American Red Cross of Alaska on November 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Red Cross deployed a total of 7 disaster workers to Kotlik and Stebbins. A disaster mental health worker is en route to Stebbins now. By donating to Alaska disaster relief, you can help all Alaskans affected by disaster. Thanks for all of the support everyone!

  4. Linda Clinton on November 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I have lived in Gambell and Stebbins. However, I am now in Texas. Can I contact the local Red Cross and have my donation forwarded to the one up there?

    • Laura Collins on November 22, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Linda, I bet if you go to the State of Alaska Red Cross website or call them directly, the money would get to those who need it faster: http://www.redcross.org/alaska

    • American Red Cross of Alaska on November 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Hi Linda,
      You can call the Anchorage headquarters and give a gift that way. 907-646-5401. That will be made to the local Alaskan disaster relief efforts. Thanks for your support!


  5. Carolynn Sanders on November 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    There is also the “Kotlik Community Fund” you can donate to at any Wells Fargo branch. We’re currently trying to raise $20,000 to provide Toyo stoves & freezers to about 16 families.

    • Laura Collins on November 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Carolynn, is there any more information folks would need, other than just wanting to donate? Thanks for this tip.

      • Carolynn Sanders on November 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

        If there is anyone wanting to mail in a check (if they can’t get into a Wells Fargo) – Checks can be made out to the “Kotlik Community Fund” – they can be mailed to my office – Rural Alaska Fuel Services 6000 C Street Suite 201 Anchorage, AK 99518 – Right now, there is a lot that the Red Cross is doing & in the process of doing, but it is difficult to send items from Anchorage, and the Red Cross is not accepting donated “items” for the residents in need. We have a fundraiser in Anchorage tomorrow (Saturday night) at the First Covenant Church @ 5:00pm. Anyone can go the the Kotlik Group page on Facebook and follow what’s going on, or they can send me an e-mail directly “carolynn@rafs.net” if they have any questions about donating or any fundraisers that may be coming up or if someone would like to help plan one! Right now, the stoves are definitely needed as many families toyo stoves were damaged when the flood came into Kotlik almost 2 weeks ago. We are working on trying to get lists of items that are already being provided to residents so we can put the funds towards the items needed the most.

    • Laura Collins on November 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Carolynn, I called our local Wells Fargo, and they didn’t know anything about this. Do you know who we should connect with, in order to get that account information?