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Fond du Lac Salvation Army thanks pandemic helpers with mural

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 3:49 PM CDT
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FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - The Salvation Army has much to celebrate on “National Donut Day” as it commemorates the Salvation Army women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. At the Corps in Fond du Lac, it’s also a day to thank all who supported the organization during the pandemic.

The three-packs of donuts being served at the Fond du Lac Salvation Army aren’t just a snack, they represent hope -- kindness -- and compassion. Those three pillars are at the centerpiece of a new Frontline of Service display at the Salvation Army.

According to Maj. Johnathan Welch, “It’s just a remembrance of what we went through as a people and how we can be victorious when we face very difficult times.”

The Salvation Army teamed up with Alliant Energy to create the wall as a way to say thank you to the volunteers, community members, businesses, and corporations that stepped up to support the salvation army during the pandemic.

“It’s not about the recognition that we get; it’s about helping the people who are in need,” says volunteer Jan Soyk.

Her husband, Bill, adds, “It makes no difference if our name is up there or not; we’d still do it.”

The Salvation Army has served the Fond du Lac community for 130 years, but, as for many other organizations, the past year was one of the most challenging. During that time, the Salvation Army saw increased need for its food pantry, homeless shelter, Coats for Kids and Toys for Tots programs, among others.

And like the graphic on the wall of hands creating a heart around the Salvation Army crest, the community came together to embrace the salvation army and those it helps. Maj. Welch adds, “It’s just such a great blessing to be able to have the community helping out when everything was falling apart, it seemed like, people still stepped up and helped us to be able to help others.”

And that help will forever be celebrated among the walls of the facility.

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