In Portland, Maine, a popular doughnut shop was forced to apologize to their community after offending them by working with the Salvation Army to provide a Christmas to a family in need.
The doughnut shop, called The Holy Donut, previously had sent out a call to its customers to help them with a gift drive for a family with five children who were living in the area. To locate a potential needy family, the doughnut shop teamed with The Salvation Army to help find one.
According to the Press Tribute, when customers caught wind of the move, instead of praising the restaurant for helping out a needy family at Christmas, they barraged their Facebook page, accusing the Salvation Army of being anti-gay and discriminating against the LGBT community, and shaming The Holy Donut for working with them.
“They proselytize to the people in their programs, they reject LGBT people from their shelters,” an outraged customer wrote. “They have tried to scrub their image, but still discriminate.”
Another person wrote, “People are going to boycott The Holy Donut because of YOUR choices. Do you see what we’re getting at? You’re supporting an establishment that doesn’t support your customers, so your customers will stop supporting you.”
According to Fox News, The Salvation Army is considered a well-respected Christian ministry that meets the needs of some of the most destitute persons in their communities, including providing shelter for the homeless and help with addiction programs. Their red kettles are seen everywhere at Christmas time.
The Salvation Army has drawn fire from the LGBT community before. In 2012, a woman from Burlington, Vermont said she was fired from the company because she was bisexual. The Salvation Army dedicated a page on its website to dispel the false rumors and accusations that it is anti-LGBT.
At the end of that post, it read, “We need your help in ending these rumors. They can persuade people not to give, which in turn diminishes our resources and our ability to serve people in crisis. Please share what you know about The Salvation Army—that we serve anywhere there is need, without discrimination.”
The Holy Donut Shop explained that they were merely using The Salvation Army as a way to connect with a needy family, and apologized if they had offended anyone of their customers.
But as one Fox News commentator wrote, “The Holy Donut should be commended for helping a family in need and spreading a bit of Christmas cheer,” instead of being shamed for doing so.
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