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Community-based independent Russ’s Market will celebrate the origins of National Donut Day by selling fresh glazed donuts for $1 and donating 5 cents for each donut sold to the Salvation Army. The traditional red kettles will also be open for business, manned by bell ringers collecting donations.
“National Donut Day is a great reminder of the Salvation Army’s long commitment to service in our community,” said Pat Raybould, president of Russ's Market parent B&R Stores. “We’re pleased to join with our customers to support their work with our annual Donut Day celebration at Russ’s Market.”
The Chicago chapter of the Salvation Army started National Donut Day in 1938 as a way to honor the women of the Salvation Army who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.
B&R’s Super Saver stores will once again offer one free glazed donut fresh from the bakery to the first 200 customers beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday. Each Super Saver store will also give away discount coupons for donuts
In other B&R news, this month the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) is teaming up with Russ’s Market and the Food Bank of Lincoln to save lives and give to those in need.
In a program that started today and will run through June 24, for every pint of blood donated at any NCBB location, a pound of food will be donated to the Food Bank of Lincoln by Russ’s Market. This year, the “Pints for Pounds” campaign goal is to collect 2,000 pounds/pints. Throughout the campaign, Food Bank of Lincoln collection barrels will also be at all NCBB locations for anyone wishing to donate food or personal care supplies. Items that are most needed include canned meats, soup, vegetables and fruits, diapers, toilet paper and soap.
Last year, NCBB donors gave a total of 2,386 pints of blood during the two-week campaign, with Russ’s Market contributing an equivalent amount in pounds of food. With the additional food donations from donors and NCBB staff totaling 1,694 pounds, the goal of donating a ton of food and care items to the Food Bank of Lincoln was surpassed.