The Holy Donut shop in Portland, Maine promoted that they wanted to help a needy family with five children for Christmas. That is a caring thing to do. But the LGBT group commenced a full-scale social media blitz, threatening the doughnut shop for working with the Salvation Army, a faith-based charity. No surprise.
A popular donut shop in Portland, Maine was forced to apologize to the community after they offended customers by working with the Salvation Army to provide Christmas to a needy family.
The Holy Donut had asked customers to help them with a gift drive for a local family with five children. Those customers who participated received free donuts.
The donut shop reached out to the Salvation Army to find the family in need, the Press-Herald reports….
Many accused the Salvation Army of being anti-gay and discriminating against the LGBT community. It was all untrue, of course – but the truth doesn’t really matter these days.
“They proselytize to the people in their programs, they reject LGBT people from their shelters,” one outraged customer wrote. “They have tried to scrub their image, but still discriminate.”
For the record, the Salvation Army is a well-respected Christian ministry that provides shelter for the homeless, addiction programs and of course the iconic red kettles at Christmas time.
The Press Herald reports that the online mob was unrelenting – going so far as to threaten boycotts unless the donut shop renounced its association with the Salvation Army.
“In case you forgot, a solid 70 percent of your clientle is part of the LGBTQ community,” one rabble-rouser wrote. “You’re making a silent statement that you’re completely fine with their choices.”
Ah yes, nothing quite like an old-fashioned yuletide public shaming.
“We do not support the Salvation Army or consider them our ‘partner’ for this project, they simply linked us to a needy family,” the store owners wrote on Facebook. “We have nothing to gain here, we just wanted to help a family in need.” TodStarnes