National Donut Day
Saturday, June 1st
9 am – 9 pm
7200 Harrison Ave, Rockford
(outside by Barnes & Noble)
In celebration of the 75th Annual Donut Day FREE DONUTS will be distributed out
of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Canteen outside the District Entrance at CherryVale Mall
next to Barnes & Noble.
Come have your picture taken with a “real”
DONUT GIRL FROM WWI.
VOLUNTEERS are needed to help with the solicitation of funds and for serving donuts in the canteen. You can signup online at www.ringbells.org or call 815-962-7207.
This event is sponsored in part by SCHUNCKS and CHERRYVALE MALL.
75th Annual National Donut Day Fun Facts:
- The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
- National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
- Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
- With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.
- Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 60,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.
During National Salvation Army Week, The Salvation Army was out at Cherry Vale Mall thanking donors in Winnebago County who have helped contribute more than $800,000.
To see video click here.
In five days, 4,000 canned goods were stacked, taped, and secured to each other to form an AmeriCAN flag at center court in CherryVale Mall in Rockford. This canned edifice represents the creativity and collaboration that is alive and well within the Rockford community and it brings awareness to the needs of others through the idea of “You CAN make a difference.” the need to bring awareness to . This project is part of a month long celebration of creativity through Rockford’s Out of the Box community initiative. The AmeriCAN flag will be on display throughout the month of May and volunteers are to be Project Hosts. You can signup for a 2-hour shift at www.ringbells.org or call 815-962-7207.
All 4,000 plus cans of food are being donated to The Salvation Army Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed for tear down on Saturday, June 1st from 8 – 10 pm. Closed toe shoes are required and you have be able work use a box cutter, bend, pack cans into boxes and lift boxes. You can signup online at www.ringbells.org or call 815-962-7207.
Many thanks to SAM FURMAN of the GroundUP, Rockford AIA Architects, and volunteers for building the AmeriCAN Flag.
Many, many thanks to Rockford’s Out of the Box community initiative, the brainchild of the the Superintendent of Rockford Lutheran Schools, Don Gillingham and Communications Director, Nancee Long. For more information on community events please visit http://www.rockfordlutheran.com/outofthebox/
The Salvation Army will distribute clean-up kits in Winnebago County through the Sheriff’s Office in the communities of Blackhawk Island, Machesney Park and Edgemere Terrace. For more information about the Rockford distribution, call (815) 226-4400. The clean-up kits include a bucket, gloves, mask, mop, brooms, sponges, garbage bags, bleach and other cleaning agents.
The Salvation Army will also offer long-term flood relief efforts, including emergency financial assistance for furniture, clothing, food, rent and utilities for those who qualify. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. For information regarding emergency assistance, call The Salvation Army Help Desk at (773) 205-3520.
Inaugural Can-Struction Project
Rockford’s “Wright Out of the Box” Community Initiative invites you to help build an AmeriCAN flag out of canned foods
Cops N Kids 2013
Rockford Police Officers distributed over 1,400 books to children at Orten Keys, Fairgrounds and Dennis Head Start schools. The Cop N Kids program promotes early literacy, community awareness and relationship building. Major Karlene Lenz, a retired Salvation Army Officer/Pastor coordinates the program.
Funding was provided by:
the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois