PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — "The past few days have been a humbling and educational experience for our company."
Those are the latest words from the owners of The Holy Donut, a Portland doughnut shop that came under fire after announcing plans to lead a fundraiser to support local children by way of the Salvation Army. Social media comments accuse the Salvation Army of not supporting the LGBTQ community.
The doughnut shop says the last statement is the final one they will be making on this issue and is "all that needs to be said."
The doughnut shop recently announced plans to team up with the Salvation Army on its Facebook page to do a gift drive for a local family in need.
They mentioned five children specifically who needed help with warm clothing for the winter. The intention was to ask customers to contribute to this family's needs, and the shop would then reward customers with free doughnuts or t-shirts.
Hundreds of Facebook comments soon followed with users voicing their displeasure with the doughnut shop partnering with the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army has a statement regarding what it calls false accusations of discrimination of the LGBTQ community on its website.
A representative for The Holy Donut said Wednesday, Dec. 6, they are still committed to helping the family they adopted.