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Friday is National Donut Day: Celebrate With Us Today & Tomorrow!

Friday, June 7 is the 76th annual National Donut Day, a holey day for sweets lovers and an essential holiday for The Salvation Army.

Started as a fundraiser by The Salvation Army in Chicago during the Great Depression, National Donut Day honors our military veterans and commemorates the work of Salvation Army volunteers who used the tasty confection to comfort American soldiers in France and Germany during World War I.

These female volunteers, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughtnut Girls,” fried the donuts in solders’ helmets, and served countless treats to grateful troops. The donut has since been a long-standing symbol of the services and comfort The Salvation Army provides. To this day, The Army continues to provide comfort with coffee and donuts to survivors and emergency responders who need support on the scene of disaster.

In celebration of the year’s sweetest holiday, our friends at Entenmann’s Bakery, famous for the Rich Frosted Donut, are donating $1 to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” the Entenmann’s Facebook page (find it here: https://www.facebook.com/Entenmanns) – up to $30,000 – until June 15!

In advance of the big day, we invite you to Madison Square Park in New York City TODAY from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a special National Donut Day celebration with Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army. If you’re in the area, stop by for goodies, surprises and special guests. And make sure to join in the conversation with us on Twitter as we share pictures using #NationalDonutDay.

You can also celebrate with us on Friday by stopping by one of these participating donut stops for some deals:

  • On the West Coast, more than 1,000 of the independent shops who use BakeMark baking supplies – a national baking supply company – will have this poster in their window. Every donut you buy on June 7, 2013 from one of their shops will help The Salvation Army serve veterans through a generous donation from BakeMark. Yes, eating donuts can be an act of patriotism.
  • Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut to everyone on Friday with no purchase necessary.
  • Dunkin Donuts will offer a free donut with the purchase of a beverage on Friday.
  • LaMar’s Donuts is giving away free donuts Friday with no purchase necessary, and a portion of this week’s sales are being donated to The Salvation Army.
  • Tim Hortons is offering a free donut with any purchase on Friday if you print this Facebook coupon.
  • Or make your own with the original doughnut recipe used by Salvation Army Doughnut Lassies!

However you choose to celebrate, we wish you a Happy #NationalDonutDay!

Salvation Army San Francisco Awarded $10,000 Grant from Charles Schwab Corporation

Last week, we asked Facebook users to vote for The Salvation Army of San Francisco in the Charles Schwab Community Services Contest, which welcomed four non-profits to submit videos in competition for a generous $10,000 grant from the Charles Schwab Corporation (CS&Co). Each video submission described the mission and service of the participating non-profit.

We are thrilled to announce that The Salvation Army won the grand prize of $10,000, all thanks to your votes! A huge congrats to The Salvation Army in San Francisco. Check out the winning video below:

“We’re so excited that CS&Co gave us the opportunity to share our mission with thousands of viewers who may not have known about The Army and the myriad of ways we help people in need every day,” Laine Hendricks, Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army Golden State Division said. “Telling the story of changed lives is just as valuable as the top prize itself.”

In addition, The Salvation Army of San Francisco welcomed Charles Schwab Corporation volunteers at three different locations during the 10th annual Schwab Volunteer Week which included service projects in 82 cities across the U.S., with the help of 3,200 employees.

As part of their week of service, volunteers assembled almost 3,000 sandwiches for The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center Homeless Outreach, a program which coordinates the delivery of food, socks, hygiene kits and other donated goods to people living on the streets of San Francisco.

“We are so humbled to be included among other worthy non-profits doing great work across America and we hope all the videos inspired viewers to give back to their local community through volunteering or donating,” Hendricks said.

We give thanks to partners like CS&Co who help enable The Salvation Army’s service to communities in need. For more information on The Salvation Army’s services, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

A thank you to our generous partners

Since May 19, thanks to the generosity and sacrifice of our partners, supporters and countless volunteers, The Salvation Army has been able to provide 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks to tornado survivors in Oklahoma.

This kind of service is made possible in large part by The Salvation Army’s corporate partners. We would like to extend our sincere to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Little Ceasers, Chick-Fil-A and Papa John’s Pizza who have helped us feed survivors, volunteers, first responders, and other emergency personnel via donations and mobile kitchens.

Last Sunday, our friends at Papa John’s- called upon pizza lovers across the country to support the communities of Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma in their recovery from the destructive storms by asking customers to donate $1 of every food order, towards The Salvation Army’s recovery efforts. We are thrilled to announce that $400,000 was raised that day in support of our relief efforts in Oklahoma.

Additionally, the company’s mobile pizza kitchen, served over 10,000 pizzas to the survivors and first responders. They were also kind enough to deliver hundreds of pizzas from local franchises to residents and aid workers.

Thank you, America, for teaming up with Papa John’s Pizza to make this donation possible! We are beyond thankful to everyone’s continuous generosity, support and partnership in Doing The Most Good.

To learn more about The Salvation Army, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

To donate to our relief efforts or to learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

Using Humor to Heal Broken Hearts in OK

Post courtesy of Krachel Greenwood, E-Communications Manager at The Salvation Army – Wisconsin Upper Michigan Division.

David McCullough makes a living by making others smile. The professional clown, known as Korn Pop, was only 12 years old when he realized his calling in life. “I was the class clown and was always getting into some kind of mischief in school,” he says. “I wrote a report on the circus. My teacher knew a retired circus clown and introduced him to me. His name was Popcorn, and I wanted to be just like him when I grew up.”

When the EF5 tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, McCullough’s pastor at the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Texas, put a call out for volunteers to assist with clean-up efforts. McCullough agreed to go, so long as his pastor would allow him to share a few balloon animals along the way.

“I love Jesus, and I know Jesus has a heart for people. It’s my ministry. It’s how I can show Jesus’ love, by bringing smiles to others,” he says.

McCullough spent the morning clowning around at The Salvation Army’s Distribution Center located in Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads. While he was there he spoke to several children who lost everything during the recent tornadoes across Oklahoma City.

Fifteen-year-old Aaron, who lives next door to Briarwood Elementary School, says he likes to lift weights. That inspired McCullough to tie up a balloon-figure weightlifter, something that the high school sophomore could give a thumbs up to.

Nine-year-old Sterling flew in with family from Georgia to assist a brother who lost his home. She says there isn’t much left of his house, located on 6th Street in Moore.

Five-year-old Jayden couldn’t believe her eyes when Korn Pop asked her to hold a balloon and it popped out of her hands.

“I love The Salvation Army. I love what you guys do,” McCullough says. ”When winter rolls around I ring bells. I do what I can to help.”

For the boy who wrote a school paper about the circus, serving others by clowning around has proved to be the perfect way to share the love Jesus has for others.

Papa John’s Pizza Delivers Help to Survivors in Moore

One week into relief efforts following tornado activity in Oklahoma on May 19th, and a devastating EF5 tornado in Moore, OK on May 20th, The Salvation Army has provided 19,578 meals, 30,043 drinks, 19,414 snacks, and prayed with 2,564 persons. More than 4,200 man-hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers to support survivors, as well as emergency responders. These numbers are expected to grow over the next several months as families and individuals rebuild, and as others come together to help The Salvation Army meet the need.
For example, Papa John’s, a partnering organization with The Salvation Army, is helping people on the ground while also giving the American public an opportunity to help. In response to the storm, Papa John’s sent a mobile kitchen to Moore to help provide hot pizzas to people who lost their homes. Through the Papa John’s pizza kitchen, the organization has made and delivered more than 1,200 pizzas.
Papa John’s is also facilitating a “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today, May 26th. All day, $1 from every order, big or small, from Papa John’s will be donated to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Oklahoma.
To help The Salvation Army and Papa John’s support recovery efforts, you can visit www.PapaJohns.com to order your own pizza and contribute to the “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today – every dollar helps.

Filed under Disaster Services, Doing The Most Good · Tagged with Donate, EDS, Oklahoma, Papa Johns, The Salvation Army, Tornado

Papa John’s Pizza Delivers $50,000 Donation to Salvation Army

Town Hall meeting at Papa John’s, Monday, May 20, 2013 in The Hub on the corporate campus in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)

Our friends at Papa John’s Pizza handed over a $50,000 check donation to The Salvation Army during a presentation at the company’s Louisville, KY headquarters on Monday, the result of both a highly successful social media campaign and the dedication of partners in “Doing the Most Good”.

The February social media campaign asked Facebook and Twitter users to ‘like’, ‘share’, and comment on their pages to raise awareness of America’s hunger problem, with every good word, re-tweet and thumbs up garnering a $1 donation for The Salvation Army’s feeding programs. Thanks to the power of social media, $50,000 was raised in one day by compassionate supporters and pizza lovers alike.

Major Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary, and Papa John Schnatter, Founder of Papa John’s .

The Salvation Army serves approximately 60 million meals to Americans each year because of supporters like Papa John’s Pizza. We are beyond humbled by the company’s extreme generosity and commitment to feeding Americans in need.

Please help us thank Papa John’s Pizza and Papa John himself on Facebook or on Twitter using #PapaJohnCares.