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Welcome to The Salvation Army
Alaska Division

Help provide food, shelter, and a hand up to Alaskans by donating
to The Salvation Army in Alaska when you apply for the 2012 PFD.

Room Design Project Transforms Rooms for Teens in Crisis

Like an episode from one of the popular home design shows on HGTV, seven bedrooms in The Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Youth & Family Services facility located in Anchorage, Alaska, recently underwent an amazing transformation, thanks to a team of local designers, contractors.

What started with a conversation after the Army’s Transformed Treasure fundraiser last Spring, quickly grew from a few volunteers putting on a fresh coat of paint, new linens and window treatments to more than 60 volunteers giving 900 hours of labor. Close to $100,000 in donated labor and materials were contributed to the project, covering everything from carpet to window treatments, paint, artwork and furnishings. Cindy Curtis, who serves on the Anchorage Advisory Board and helped spearhead this project, said “Of all the projects I’ve worked to help organize in Anchorage, none has been so well supported and come together as quickly as this did!”

Click here to see more photos of the amazing room transformations!

Keep the Spirit of Giving Alive All Year Long!

With the memories of giving to help others still fresh in the minds of Alaskans following the holiday season, The Salvation Army Alaska Division has created a list of simple ways to continue the spirit of giving throughout the year.

With services provided to thousands of Alaskans in 16 communities throughout the state, The Salvation Army relies on the public’s generosity. “Historically, there is a post-holiday drop in giving and volunteering so our goal is to see, if by providing simple ideas we can to encourage more to give and get involved as part of everyday life, instead of a seasonal event,” says Army spokesperson, Jenni Ragland.

Each month will focus on simple, but specific needs for the organization. For example, January's theme is re-gifting. As you make room for the new gifts received during the holidays -or maybe think about what to do with those things received you don't need or won't use- donate to The Salvation Army Family Stores, which rely on donations of NEW or GENTLY USED household goods, appliances, furniture, clothing and vehicles to fund its programs that benefit Alaskans in need. In Anchorage revenue from the Family Stores pay for recovery services provided at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program, a 60 bed program. Elsewhere, the stores support local Army programs, which may include feeding programs, food pantries, utility assistance or other practical services.

How can you help? Click on the calendar below!

2012 Monthly Giving Ideas.pdf

Announce "Freddy's Coats for Kids" Partnership

The Salvation Army, Fred Meyer & Lynden Transport were joined Wednesday by Governor Parnell and Mayor Sullivan to announce a new partnership, Freddy’s Coats for Kids, which will provide coats and snow pants for thousands of Alaskan kids in communities including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Juneau and the Mat-Su Valley.

“Alaska has been such an amazing place to do business,” said Norm Mills, vice president and regional director of sales for Fred Meyer Stores for Alaska. “We polled our employees about a year ago and asked what we could do to give back, and the resounding answer was to put coats on kids.”

Fred Meyer Stores teamed with iApparel – which manufactures the brands iExtreme and Pink Platinum for Fred Meyer – to purchase the coats and snow pants for $100,000. Lynden Transport stepped up to get the 10,000 coats and 4,000 pairs of snow pants to Alaska. The Salvation Army agreed to receive the full two semi-trailers – one 52 feet and the other 23 feet – and worked with Lynden to get the merchandise to as many Alaska communities as possible.

Lynden Transport donated more than $10,000 in transportation, getting the coats from Tacoma, Washington to The Salvation Army warehouse in Anchorage and working with The Salvation Army to get the coats to facilities in Juneau, Fairbanks and Kenai. Additionally, The Salvation Army will distribute coats to Haines, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake, Wrangell, Sitka & Petersburg. In Juneau, Kenai, Fairbanks, Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, The Salvation Army will make the coats available as part of their regular Christmas assistance programs.

Major George Baker, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army helped deliver about 60 coats to children in Wales, Alaska last week as part of Freddy’s Coats for Kids Program. “It was just like Christmas, seeing the kids so excited to try on their new coats,” said Baker. “We are very privileged to be the recipients of such generosity that will benefit children throughout Alaska!”

Fred Meyer, Lynden and The Salvation Army plan to make the distribution of coats to children in Alaska an annual event, and hope to find ways to spread the contribution throughout more Alaska communities as the program grows.

Salvation Army Seeks 2,000 Volunteers To Ring In Holidays At Red Kettles

Bells at The Salvation Army’s red kettles will begin ringing Friday, November 18, signaling the official start to the holiday fundraising season for the organization. Local Army officials are appealing to Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley residents to give a bit more than spare change this year, inviting them to give 2 hours of time to help ring bells at the familiar red kettles at local retail locations during the holiday season. “It’s really a great way to celebrate the season of giving, and helps the Salvation Army provide the gift of hope to those most in need in our community,” says Major George Baker, Divisional Commander for Alaska.

The organization, which has been serving Alaskan’s since 1898, has signed up about 200 volunteer bell ringers since launching the project earlier this month. An additional 2,000 volunteers are needed to help the Salvation Army reach is 2004 red kettle fundraising goal of $150,000.

Signing up to help is simple. By visiting The Salvation Army’s website at, individuals and groups can select a shift or adopt a day at a location convenient for them. Individuals can also call The Salvation Army directly at 276-2515 if they do not have access to a computer.


The Salvation Army's Western Territorial Band made its first visit to Anchorage the weekend of October 7. While in Anchorage, the group performed at two local public schools. Free music workshops, were held at UAA and a free concert Saturday, October 8, at the University of Alaska Fine Arts Building from 10:00 am to Noon, with emphasis on cornet, euphonium, bass/tuba, percussion, conducting and composition. Saturday evening, the Band performed a free concert in the Bartlett High School auditorium and were joined by the University of Alaska Wind Ensemble.

After almost 75 years with no official band, the Western Territory reintroduced the territorial band in March 2006. The WTB is funded by an endowment allocated specifically for this purpose. Its members travel from all over the territory three times a year to play music and minister to others. The band has 31 members.

Salvation Army Alaska Division Welcomes New Leaders

The Salvation Army Alaska Division recently welcomed its new divisional leaders, Majors George & Jeanne Baker. The veteran Salvation Army officers recently transferred from the Army’s Intermountain Division in Denver, where they had served the past five years, with Major George as the Divisional Secretary (Business Administrator) and Major Jeanne as the Divisional Women’s Ministries Secretary.

Majors Baker will be responsible for oversight of the Army’s ministry in Alaska in 16 communities from Klawock to Fairbanks, providing a variety of spiritual and practical ministries to meet the diverse needs of Alaskans. The Bakers are excited for the opportunity to serve in Alaska and are looking forward to experiencing life in The Last Frontier.

Prior to completing The Salvation Army’s 2 year officer training program in 1983, both George & Jeanne served in the United States Navy, which is where they met. In addition to serving on the staff of divisional headquarters in the Intermountain and Southern California divisions, they have served as pastors in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.

The Salvation Army Family Emergency Services program assists individuals and families in our community by providing practical assistance to help bridge the gap during a crisis. But right now, the program is facing a crisis of its own. This summer, with the number of individuals needing our help on the rise, the shelves in our food pantry are almost bare, except for green beans, peas, canned salmon and potato chips. Not much to provide a hungry family, is it?

Last month almost 1,700 people in Anchorage came seeking help, so we're asking for your support to help to Stock Our Shelves. Food items needed include:

      • Canned fruit,
      • Soup, chili, stew and other canned meals
      • Box dinners, like macaroni & cheese, Hamburger Helper or Tuna Helper
      • Canned tuna, salmon, turkey or chicken
      • Peanut butter
      • Breakfast items like instant oatmeal or boxes of cereal
Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Family Enrichment Center, located at 1712 A Street. For questions or more information, call 277-2593.

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