Needy in Alaska get donation of fashionable Uggs

Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc. is sorting through nearly 3,000 pairs of donated Ugg brand boots, slippers and shoes to distribute to partner agencies that will hand them out to families in need around Alaska.

The Anchorage-based social services arm of Cook Inlet Region Inc. is now the lead Alaska agency working with a national organization called KIDS, or Kids in Distressed Situations Inc. The program has been distributing supplies such as clothing and diapers for years here through the Food Bank of Alaska, which recently handed over the administration to Cook Inlet Tribal Council.

"The trendy factor aside, it was a pretty happy surprise that it was something that was so warm," Minta Montalbo, a tribal council spokeswoman, said of the 2,900 pairs from Ugg Australia. Many styles of the high-end boots and shoes are lined with sheepskin.

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