Volunteers and Staff will be Serving Free Donuts to Veterans
June 5, 2014 (Austin, Texas) – To celebrate The Salvation Army’s 77th annual National Donut Day, The Salvation Army Austin today announced that volunteers and staff will be giving away donuts at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, Friday June 6 from 8:30-10:30am. Three First Choice Emergency Room locations in Austin will also be giving away donuts in support of The Salvation Army’s National Donut Day.
In 1938 during The Great Depression, The Salvation Army in Chicago started National Donut Day as a fundraiser. It honors the United States military veterans and commemorates the work of Salvation Army volunteers who used donuts to comfort American soldiers in France and Germany during World War I.
“Salvation Army workers continue to care for and comfort hundreds of thousands of people each day who battle hunger, substance abuse and homelessness around the world,” said Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, The Salvation Army’s Austin Area Commander. “It is with the support of our community partners like First Choice ER, that we are able to provide these services. As we celebrate 125 years of serving in the Austin area, we are grateful for the support of First Choice ER.”
The Salvation Army has also partnered with Entenmann’s Bakery for National Donut Day for the 4th consecutive year. This partnership includes a donation of $1 from Entenmann’s Bakery to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” the Entenmann’s Facebook page between April 21st and June 30th (up to $30k). The Salvation Army is grateful to Krispy Kreme for helping provide donuts for this year’s local celebration. This continued support from partners such as these, allows The Salvation Army to continue Doing the Most Good in Travis and Williamson Counties.
In addition to the free donuts, for every person that stops by a First Choice Emergency Room facility for a quick tour, First Choice Emergency Room will donate $10 to The Salvation Army Austin, up to $20,000 total.
Veterans are welcome to drop by the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, located at 7901 Metropolis Drive to receive donuts from Salvation Army staff and volunteers and to remember the Donut Girls.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org.