Salvation Army’s 2012 Donut Days surpasses goal

Published 9:16 am Thursday, May 31, 2012

On May 17 and 18 you may have seen Salvation Army volunteers standing in front of many Albert Lea retailers. Their mission was meant to be clear and help “Fight Hunger.” The more common Donut Days has again become a success.

The two day total brought in nearly $22,000. The total reflects the generous gift meant as matching funds from Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen as a means in spurring the community into action. This double match comes at a critical time of service for The Salvation Army. Once school is out Army programs see an increase in need among families since school meal programs no longer help to supplement the working poor’s food budget.

The meal site located just behind The Salvation Army in Albert Lea alone has seen a 25 percent increase in daily meals in just the last month as the weather has shifted seasons. “It has become common to serve upwards to 100 meals daily,” said Cassandra Moffitt when asked about the services provided to her community. Moffitt is new to Albert Lea and has been serving as a case manager at the Salvation Army for just over a year. “Coming from a much bigger metropolitan area I can tell you that Albert Lea knows how to take care of their community,” she continued.

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The much needed funds will help The Salvation Army continue their programs like the meal program and others throughout the remainder of the summer. It will also help with the $30,000 deficit as a result in a decline in income and giving this year. Capts. Jim and Lynnea Brickson would like to thank everyone for participating in this year’s event. They remain thankful for their calling to this special place in their ministry.

The mission statement of The Salvation Army is in part “to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination.” The Salvation Army will continue to “Meet the Un-met Need.”

For more information or to volunteer, please call The Salvation Army at 373-5710.