An opportunity to clarify mission in Alaska

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PridefestAnchorage02The Salvation Army offers water and coffee at Pridefest Anchorage.

By Karen Gleason – 

The Pridefest in Anchorage, Alaska, this year included a booth for The Salvation Army.

“Having a presence at Pridefest in Anchorage was a good first step for The Salvation Army in our community,” said Alaska Divisional Commander Major George Baker. “Not only did we feel warmly welcomed, but we had good opportunity to help clarify the Army’s mission of service without discrimination and extend an invitation to get better acquainted with the Army’s ministry through volunteering.”

At the booth, Major Nila Fankhauser, divisional community care ministries secretary, and Jenni Ragland, divisional Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) director, handed out water and coffee and provided information about Salvation Army programs, services, volunteer opportunities and emergency preparedness.

They were there, as Ragland said, “to affirm [the Army’s’] mission of service to all.”

Fankhauser said many people came by to say ‘So glad you are here!’ and 10 people signed up to learn more about volunteering and EDS training.

The event organizer also stopped by the booth to thank the Army for participating.

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