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A visit from Tom and Marian

Marian paints at our AM transmitter site


We can’t thank enough the donation of talent, treasure, and time from two incredible KNOM supporters – Tom and Marian Braun – who spent two weeks at our mission last month.

The Brauns have long been financial supporters of our mission, but last month, they took their support to a rare, exceptional level by visiting us in person and helping us with some much-needed summer work.

Much of their time was spent at our AM transmitter site, a few miles outside Nome, where the couple helped us repaint our transmitter and backup generator buildings and replace our perimeter fence.

Tom paints at the AM transmitter site

Marian also created brand-new curtains for the KNOM volunteer dormitory.

For the Brauns, this type of generous volunteer work has become a lifestyle; the retired couple travels across the country, often in a motor coach, helping those in need – whether it’s displaced tornado victims or a Habitat for Humanity construction crew.

Not only did they donate their labor to our mission – along with ample doses of goodwill – but the Brauns also paid for their own travel expenses to and from Alaska. Thanks so much, Tom and Marian!


This article is part of the October 2013 edition of our newsletter, The Nome Static.

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