KODIAK, Alaska — The Kodiak Area Native Association paid the rent for a storage unit that a resident uses to house medical equipment for the community.

Terra Cupp started collecting equipment six years ago. She lends it to community members for free, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday.

Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center gave Cupp a two-year contract for $130 a month to help her pay for storage, but the medical center ended funding in December.

The association then stepped in and paid two years of rent for Cupp’s heated storage unit. Community member have also donated to Cupp, providing her with a third year of rent.

Cupp expressed her gratitude to the association and the community members who donated.

“I want to thank everyone for their generosity in keeping this mission going,” Cupp said. “I am just so grateful.”

Association CEO Andy Teuber said the nonprofit is happy to step in and help where assistance is needed.

“We know that she’s done a lot for the Native community in the villages, too,” Teuber said. “We’re happy to be in a position where we can help out.”

The medical center said it cut Cupp’s funding because of regulations that prevent it from contracting with unlicensed providers.


Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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