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Released 13 May 2013

Donuts of Hope When David served in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War, he worked alongside Chaplains to help families in the states deal with casualties.

He has a degree in journalism, won a paid internship as a writer in New York, worked with Popular Science Magazine, graduated Union Seminary, was Executive Director of an Urban Mission, served 20 years as a pastor and survived cancer. In 2006, he was wrongly convicted of a crime. During 6 years in prison, he participated in on-site ministry led by Shelter Director Dan McManus. After multiple court interactions, his innocence was acknowledged in 2012. He was released and The Salvation Army welcomed him.

“Dan has taught me to have a sense of gratitude for the blessings I have. My stay here has reminded me of the value of relationships with Christ, family and friends. It has made life worthwhile.”

David became Head Monitor in the Shelter, helping other residents meet their needs. He is now employed as a Manager with Crisis Stabilization House, a place where veterans address their mental health issues.

“The Salvation Army is a great investment. The contribution to the restoration of people has major impact. The Army cared about my future and provided opportunities to make that happen.”

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"It would be easier to forget one's name than fail to remember the times without number when The Salvation Army was, in truth, our comforter and friend." General Harry Crerar Former Commander, First Canadian Army, WWII.

During both World Wars, The Salvation Army provided support to allied forces’ overseas soldiers. Volunteers distributed up to 900 doughnuts per day, boosted morale, read letters aloud, conducted church services, offered music, cooked and served food. The Army operated 1000 canteens on twenty-six battlefronts. These men and women followed the soldiers into battle and were often in danger as they served.

Stella Carmichael, a Salvation Army “lassie,” recollects that what she and her fellow women volunteers did “no woman in the United States thought of doing.” She notes they would work 18 to 20 hours. “Every one of us did our part cheerfully. The boys needed us, and Lord, how the world needed the boys.”

These acts of faith, bravery and kindness are like biblical parables as God’s grace and love distributed freely by volunteers conquered fear and anxiety often experienced by young men facing the horrors and tragedies of war. Today, the Donuts of Hope Campaign is a tribute to the inspiration, forgiveness, regeneration and accountability represented by our Red Shield, which serves as the primary beacon of HOPE through housing, guidance, meals and loving friendship.

  • Up to 25% of the homeless population is veterans. In 2012, Schools in Central VA reported 2265 homeless students. The number of people in homeless families living in suburban and rural areas rose nearly 60 percent during the depths of the Great Recession. Annually, we will help 244adults find full time employment and 224 men, women and children secure permanent housing.
  • Disaster strikes without warning. Throughout the year, mobile disaster canteens respond to emergent circumstances bringing hope to survivors and responders with prepared meals, hydration and relief supplies.
  • In Church Hill, up to 50% of the teenagers never graduate high school. In those same neighborhoods, 100 youths each day are participating in our Boys and Girls Club and 79% of them report doing well or great in educational commitment, actions with others and activities they are involved in.

Hope is an extraordinary spiritual gift that God gives us. When we face challenge or hardship it can yield the reconciliation and courage to deal with our past, have peace today and create a vision for the future. Please consider participating in the Donuts of Hope Campaign by making a contribution at a level that is comfortable for you. Every investment will have impact and serve as a conduit to changing a life! We deeply appreciate your consideration.

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Our 2013 campaign is underway and runs between May and July with a special emphasis over the week of June 2nd through June 8th, which includes The Salvation Army National Donut Day on June 7th.

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