Governor Sarah Palin joined with Franklin Graham, President and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, to deliver food to villages in Western Alaska. Graham’s international Christian relief group planned on delivering 10,000 lbs. of food goods to over 200 Alaska families.
Governor Palin and Franklin Graham help distribute food boxes
Palin decided not to attend the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington DC this weekend due to pressing issues in Alaska. Instead, she hopped on Graham’s private plane and helped hand out 44 lb. boxes of food to each family in Russian Mission, Marshall, and other Yukon River communities.
The communities in this region were devastated economically because of a bad salmon fishing season and the high price of gasoline. The unemployment in the region is at 19% compared to 8% in the rest of Alaska.
Palin also spoke to the residents about job opportunities in other areas of Alaska. She commented on her husband Todd’s past decision to leave his home to find employment. She particularly wanted to encourage the young people to consider temporarily leaving their villages to seek work.
Below is an interview with Sarah before leaving Wasilla airport. Go Sarah! Keep up the good work.