Send the Holy Donut a note of support for their Christmas charity with help from Salvation Army
Just in time for Christmas...another "Grinch" story...or, maybe you can help change it......
This story begins at The Holy Donut shop in Portland, Maine.
The owners and management decided that, this year, they would direct charity to families in need, and have, as their vetting liaison (the organization which would locate and liaise with those families in need), the Salvation Army.
But, then, the LGBT community started to attack the donut shop for their charity - or, rather, for liaising with the Salvation Army...falsely alleging all kinds of discriminatory things against them (the Salvation Army).
The fact of the matter is that the ethos of the Salvation Army is inspired by Christianity. This may be offensive to some, but that does not mean that the Salvation Army discriminates in any way. And, to allege such is defamatory to the Salvation Army.
In fact, the Salvation Army even have a webpage which addresses these false accusations, and, on which they say:
"The Salvation Army is open and inclusive to all people. Anyone who comes through our doors will receive help based on their need and our capacity to assist. We annually serve around 30 million Americans from a variety of backgrounds – we do not pick and choose who we serve based on religion, sexual orientation or any other factor. This promise to serve goes to the core of our beliefs as laid out in our organizational Mission Statement: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination."
But, nevertheless, the LGBT community were not to be moved by the truth that the Salvation Army is not excluding anyone from their charitable mission...So, they threatened to boycott The Holy Donut.
So, guess what happened? Regrettably, The Holy Donut felt that they had to disassociate themselves with the Salvation Army.
However, in the spirit of Christmas, this petition - addressed to the owners and management of The Holy Donut - congratulates them on their Christmas charity...and, their choice of vetting partner, the Salvation Army.
It also encourages them - and, other business owners - not to be afraid of the vicious few who are spreading lies about the Salvation Army...and, to continue to work with them in the future...and, in some way, to complete the charity drive which they began because of goodwill towards others.
Often, twitter or Facebook "storms" are tempests in a teapot. More often than not, trolls on Facebook and the internet are small, but (dedicated) and vocal activists. And, sometimes, activists from particular communities (such as members of the LGBT community) only believe their version of the "truth" - so that, it becomes impossible to hold reasoned discourse with them.
However, business owners have the right to direct their business and charity as they see fit. And, they should not feel bullied or intimidated by a small, but vocal group of activists.
To counteract the message of anger and boycott, this petition allows you to attach a short note of encouragement to the Owners and Management of The Holy Donut. And, since this petition is also Cc'ed to the Salvation Army in Maine, you will be able to show them your support at the same time!
Thanks for signing this petition, and let's hope the Grinch won't be able to steal Christmas for those needy families.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Holy Donut have 3 locations in Maine, using fresh Maine potatoes as their (not-so) secret ingredient: https://theholydonut.com/
The Salvation Army Maine - http://nne.salvationarmy.org/portland-me
The Salvation Army LGBT webpage - http://salvationarmynorth.org/about-us/what-we-believe/lgbt-statement/