NAACP names Major Mark Haslett “Man of the Year”

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

Image Courtesy of Sedalia News Journal

On Saturday, April 14, Major Mark Haslett of the Sedalia Salvation Army attended the annual Sedalia/Pettis County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet in support of an organization he deemed a worthy ally in his work, never expecting the spotlight would be turned on him.

“I believe shocked is the word,” he says laughing as he recalls the moment he realized they were honoring him as their local Man of the Year, “I’m still trying to figure out what I did to deserve it. It’s like Grace, I suppose. I have done nothing to earn it.”

Ida Shobe of the NAACP couldn’t disagree with Major Haslett’s assessment more, “You gotta do something to get that award. You gotta stand tall and that man stands tall for everybody,” she says adamantly.

“I love that man! You know what? That man sees no racism. He doesn’t know poor from rich. He helps everybody. I think that man, he is doing what Jesus wants us to do. I really believe that.”

When a storm damaged a nursery near her home, Ida reached out to Major Mark who sent out a crew right away to repair the nursery so taht they could reopen for business and help families.

“That’s the kind of man he is,” she says, “I love that man!”

Major Haslett and the Sedalia Salvation Army continue their work in the area, working with low income residents to provide food pantry services, and to help children in need find a safe place to play and positive role models.

“Major Haslett deserves this honor,” states Shobe emphatically, “He is truly Jesus’ helper.”

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