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National Salvation Army Week Donut Deliveries

May 15, 2017

IT’S NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK!!!

In May of 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the United Stated Congress proclaimed the first National Salvation Army Week, as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves.

In honor of that spirit of giving, this year for National Salvation Army Week, we wanted to celebrate those in the community who give so much to The Salvation Army each year! We are grateful for their time, gifts and services to us and to this community.

With National Donut Day right around the corner (June 2nd), we thought a few dozen tasty treats would be a great way to say thanks! Don’t know about The Salvation Army’s history with Donut Day? Read here!

Additionally, we will have sales running at our thrift stores ALL WEEK! 50% off summer items, 40% off furniture- check out the sales HERE!

We had such a blast running all over NWA this morning with donuts from Bradley’s in Farmington. See the donut drops we made to all the great partners we have in this community below!

Getting the goodies ready! Thanks, Bradley’s Donuts in Farmington for the discounted price!

Fayetteville Police Department

Bentonville Police Department

Legacy National Bank- our Angel Tree partners!

Bentonville Fire Dept- thanks for answering our Bentonville Shelter calls

Bolt and Screw Supply

Springdale Fire Department

Rogers Fire Department

Benton Country Sheriff’s Office- they are some pretty good bell ringers!

Tyson Corporate Affairs Team- we are so grateful for all the food donations you all give throughout the year!

Springdale Police Department

Rogers Police Department

4 Largest Donations Found in the Red Kettle

December 8, 2016

Charley Brandt, dressed as Santa, rings the bell for the Salvation Army at the Byerly's store in Roseville. Brandt, a three year veteran of bell ringing is trying out the newly acquired Santa suit in hopes that increases donations. Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He a Byerly's customers laughs as Brandt compliments her on her smile and wishes her, "Merry Christmas". (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

We all know the feeling of reaching for spare change in our pockets– trying to find a few coins here or there to give to the chilly bell ringer standing outside of Walmart. Though most often, spare change and $1 bills are what finds their way to the kettle, there are a few bigger donations that come in each year. 

Want to know some of the largest donations (on record) ever given to the Red Kettle?! We have a compilation of some of the most generous gifts ever seen by The Salvation Army at Christmastime! 

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The $10K Piggy Bank

Your child’s piggy bank mayyyy not be worth much, but for rare coin collectors, their little assemblage can be rather valuable! An anonymous donor finally revealed their identity after 15 years of donating parts of their rare coin collection to the Kettles.

“Dick and Ruth Jean Unger, who had long asked to remain nameless, finally went public because so many people wanted to know who was behind the kind-hearted deed.”

After all was said and done, their coins amounted to a grand total of $10,000!!!

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Five $10K Checks from Secret Santa Wrapped in a $1 Bill

At a Joplin, Mo. Walmart on Black Friday, as the shoppers were waiting in line, one shopper wasn’t there to buy a big screen TV!! As the officers counted the Red Kettle totals that evening, 5 checks for $10,000 each were found inside the Kettle- all wrapped inside of a $1 dollar bill!!

“The person or persons behind the $50,000 donation remain anonymous, as she or he (or they) has been for the past decade. Salvation Army officials have nicknamed the anonymous donor(s) “Secret Santa” for the tradition of donating large sums in the kettle each Christmas season.”

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Bank matches $100,000 in donations

The Citizens Bank Foundation announced that it would donate $100,000 to The Salvation Army’s 2007 Kettle Campaign in New Hampshire as a match to the local’s giving. Green Kettles marked as Citizen’s Bank “match kettles” were put out throughout the state.

This helped “successfully complete a partnership developed in response to the growing need for emergency food, shelter and assistance with fuel expenses throughout the state.”

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The $500,000 Family Legacy

A check for $500,000 was dropped into The Salvation Army kettle at a Club Foods in Rosemount, Minnesota.

The family chose this gift to honor their family legacy.
One of their fathers served in World War 1 and especially loved The Salvation Army Donut Lassies, who brought coffee and donuts to the soldiers on the front lines. Want to learn more about the Donut Lassies?? Check out the story HERE:

Story Sources:

1) $10,000 Coins  2) Checks from Santa  3) Bank Match  4) The Minnesota $500K

#NationalDonutDay

June 2, 2016

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Donuts are a yummy, tasty treat! That’s about all the average Joe knows about this delectable pastry. In fact, most people can’t even agree on a spelling! Is it donuts or doughnuts?! We may never know, but there are a few things we can teach you about the history of the donut! So get ready to learn a little more about this favorite, American treat. Happy National Donut Day, friends!

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Ready for some fun facts about this auspicious holiday?!

  • Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France during World War I. The women wanted to bring a taste of home to the soldiers, so they began frying donuts in helmets! They later became known as the “Donut Lassies”.
  • The Salvation Army started Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
  • President Eisenhower later made the day official to honor the work of the “Donut Lassies”, hence National Donut Day!

Here is the ORIGINAL history of Donut Day brought to you in a minute and 9 seconds!!

We also have the original recipe used by the Donut Lassies!! Want to start a fun, family tradition?! You can make these donuts in your home! Though you may want to use a frying pan instead of a soldier’s helmet (Click image to print)!

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This year, we had the privilege of partnering with Krispy Kreme in Bentonville!! They donated 40 dozen donuts for us to distribute all over NWA today. We loved keeping the memory of the Donut Lassies alive today by honoring service men and women in our community . Check out the pictures from our donut deliveries this morning!

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