KNOXVILLE, TENN. – July 21, 2014 – The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme® Doughnuts are partnering to help provide local students with much needed school supplies during their 2014 “Stuff the Bus” campaign. The campaign will serve families in need by helping kids from across the Knoxville-area gear up for a successful academic year while also easing the high cost of school supplies for parents.
The “Stuff the Bus” campaign will kick off on Monday, July 21 and will run through Sunday, August 3 at The Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Farragut. Supporters are asked to drop off new school supplies at that Krispy Kreme doughnut shop only. All types of school supplies are needed, including: notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers and hand sanitizer.
As a sweet reward, supporters will receive one FREE Original Glazed® doughnut for a single school supply item donation and one FREE Original Glazed® dozen for each donation of a backpack that contains school supplies. The supplies will be given to The Salvation Army and distributed to youth through their Emergency Assistance Program.
“We want to thank Krispy Kreme for once again helping us provide children in our community with the essential supplies needed for success in the classroom,” said Major Albert Villafuerte, Knoxville Area Commander. “We hope our supporters will assist their neighbors in need by donating and enjoying a free donut from our friends at Krispy Kreme.”
About Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is an international retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed(R) doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Today, Krispy Kreme can be found at over 740 locations in 22 countries around the world and approximately 10,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Visit us at http://www.KrispyKreme.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.
On June 21 and 22, The Salvation Army participated in the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic that took place at Scott County High School in Huntsville, Tenn. While Scott County is not part of the Knoxville Area Command, it was a great opportunity for us to partner with a local group of Salvation Army volunteers called a Service Unit to help our neighbors in need.
More than 600 people from all over East Tennessee converged at the high school seeking the free medical services ranging from dental and vision to general medicine to preventative care. With temperatures rising over 90 degrees, we were honored to work with our Scott County counterparts to provide much-needed water and snacks to those who waited to be seen by doctors.
Throughout the weekend, The Salvation Army served over 500 bottles of water and 100 snacks to waiting patients. A special thanks to RAM for doing the most good in our community and for letting us be a part of it.
The Tennessee Smokies baseball club recently hosted The Salvation Army at game where we were invited to recruit volunteers and share information about our various ministries. Volunteers passed out stickers to commemorate 115 years of The Salvation Army in the Knoxville area as well as spoke with those in attendance who were interesting in donating their time to the organization.
“It was a great experience for our volunteers,” said Volunteer Coordinator Maria Down. “They enjoyed being at the game and sharing their experience with The Salvation Army with prospective volunteers.”
The Smokies partner with The Salvation Army on various occasions throughout the year including bell ringing during Christmas.
For more information on how you can volunteer, visit our volunteer website or contact Maria at (865) 524-9401