In five hours on Saturday October 18, New Day Alaska gave away over 80 winter coats and jackets to people who needed warm coats for the winter. The coat distribution, held at Anchor Park United Methodist Church, was advertised by flyers on public bulletin boards in Fairview, Mountain View, and Airport Heights. A hundred coats were generously donated by UMCC’s Recycle for a Reason (R4R), Anchor Park UMC, New Day members, and local residents. Half of the remaining coats went to Mountain View Boys and Girls Club for kids who needed them. The other half were stored at Anchor Park UMC for distribution as needed or for another New Day coat event planned for January 2015. People, who came from Fairview, Mountain View, Airport Heights, and midtown appreciated their coats and enjoyed the opportunity for refreshments and a chance to visit. Thank you to R4R and everyone who donated coats. A special thanks to Anchor Park UMC and Pastor Doug Handlong for their support and encouragement as the home church for this project.
New Day Alaska is a small ecumenical mission group working on Christian outreach to diverse, multi-cultural local families and individuals who may not be affiliated with churches. Our Kenyan pastor, Kirimi Ikiugu, has returned home to his family in Kenya. However, the group now includes two East African members from the Congo and Sudan, as well as Anchor Park UMC’s Lupe Saafi. With access to Congolese, several Sudanese dialects, Swahili, Arabic, French, Tongan, Filipino, and Samoan, we are studying the idea of offering translation services to recent immigrants who have trouble filling out forms written only in English. We greatly appreciate the support of our UMCC Missions Committee and would welcome more members from UMCC.