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News from The Salvation Army New Jersey Division

May 28, 2014

The Salvation Army and Entenmann’s Bakery Team Up for #NationalDonutDay on Friday, June 6th
The sweet day commemorates The Salvation Army’s long-standing service to the Armed Forces

For the fourth year in a row, The Salvation Army partners with Entenmann's Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), to celebrate #NationalDonutDay, on Friday, June 6, 2014. Entenmann’s will be rolling out the newest flavor to the world-renowned donut family, Red Velvet, as well as sponsoring a sweepstakes to raise awareness for the services that The Salvation Army provides to those worldwide every day.

A yummy tradition since 1938, National Donut Day was established by The Salvation Army to honor the “Donut Lassies” who served these treats to soldiers during World War I and to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression. The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “doughboys.” This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide.

To commemorate this tasty holiday, the 87th Force Support Squadron in Fort Dix, N.J. will host The Salvation Army New Jersey’s Camden Kroc Center. The center will provide free Entenmann’s donuts and coffee to military members on base. Information on Operation Red Shield—a New Jersey program for veterans, the military and their families—will be provided as well.

“The Salvation Army New Jersey is thrilled that Entenmann’s will be participating in National Donut Day for the fourth year in the row,” says Major Donald Berry, Divisional Commander. “We are looking forward to celebrating with the 87th Force Support Squadron and having another successful event.”

In addition, Entenmann’s will be rewarding lucky “fans” with ‘Free Donuts for a Year’ and additional prizes through the sweepstakes link on the Entenmann’s Facebook page. All entries must be received by 11:59pm ET on June 30, 2014. Winners will be randomly selected from all submissions. Official Rules can be found at

Today, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division continues to provide meals and numerous other services to those in need statewide. For additional information on #NationalDonutDay or Operation Red Shield, please visit Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

National Donut Day Fun Facts

  • National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
  • With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.
  • Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
  • In 2013, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's 3,600 officers, 60,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.

Entenmann’s Bakery Fun Facts

  • With donut bakeries in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Montebello, California, Entenmann’s produces more than 780 million donuts a year, which is the equivalent to 15 million donuts a week and more than 100,000 donuts every hour to keep up with the demands of Entenmann’s donut lovers nationwide.
  • The Rich Frosted Donut has been the #1 seller since its introduction in 1973.
  • Entenmann’s produces a number of varieties of donuts and Pop‘ems each year including Cinnamon and Snickerdoodle Pop’ems and Devils Food Crumb Donuts to seasonal varieties including Halloween Rich Frosted Sprinkled, Harvest Pumpkin Donuts, Holiday Pop’ems and Rainbow Pop’ems.
  • In the early ’50s, Frank Sinatra used to call the Bay Shore bakery to place weekly orders from Entenmann’s.


May 9, 2014

National Salvation Army Week: May 12-18, 2014

Proclamation from Governor Chris Christie and State of New Jersey

In 1865, William Booth founded The Salvation Army in London, addressing both the physical and spiritual needs of desperate individuals roaming the streets. Fifteen years later in 1880, The Salvation Army began its work in New Jersey. Since then, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division has provided humanitarian relief and spiritual guidance to millions of people across our great state.

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division demonstrates hope and healing in many ways. Those addicted to drugs or alcohol find a network of rehabilitation programs; children born into poverty discover camps and educational opportunities; and those who are lonely and forgotten receive friendly visits and gifts through the year. Our services result in shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry and relief for disaster survivors. The Salvation Army’s commitment to serve is demonstrated daily at our 28 Corps Community Centers, 101 Service Extension Units and through our unwavering support to Hurricane Sandy survivors over 18 months after the storm.

National Salvation Army Week is a time to thank our generous donors and volunteers who allow us to accomplish all that we do. Without your support, we would not be able to provide stellar programs and services statewide. We also thank the Township of Union, City of Newark, City of Camden and City of New Brunswick for issuing proclamations recognizing National Salvation Army Week.

All are welcome to join our National Salvation Army Week luncheon on Monday, May 12th at Ria Mar, 25 Whitehead Avenue in South River. The event will begin at 12:00PM and honor our retired senior volunteers. For tickets, please call New Brunswick Corps at 732-545-1477.

On Tuesday, May 13th, we will honor the women of our Hurricane Sandy Recovery Group in Hazlet. From 9:30AM to 2:30PM, the ladies will get their hair and nails done, and participate in a craft project at our 1444 Hazlet Pavilion office. Lunch will be provided as well as gift bags and photos to memorialize the day. From 3:00PM to 5:00PM, the group will enjoy desserts, coffee and tea at Drew’s Bayshore Bistro.

During this week, I encourage everyone to celebrate The Salvation Army’s 134 years in New Jersey, and join our mission to serve those in need.

Donald E. Berry, Major

Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army New Jersey Division


March 19, 2014

A Family Affair: The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps Daycare Program

The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps Daycare Program is unique. Its family atmosphere and extraordinary programming has garnered awards, captured attention and inspired generations. Spend a few minutes with the staff, and it’s easy to see why.

Daycare Director Maria Trench has worked at Jersey City Corps for over 25 years. She started as a part-time after-school program instructor before becoming a Kindergarten Teacher, Assistant Director, and now Director.

“Some of my old students are now parents bringing their children here,” she said. “A lot of our young employees here were students, so it’s great to see them on both sides, first as a student and now as a caregiver.”

Sharing Ms. Trench’s love for the Corps, Janice Gaskins has worked as the Pre-School Teacher for 29 years. Kathy Nieves, Assistant Daycare Director, has dedicated 22 years to The Salvation Army. Madeline Albizu, Toddler Room Teacher, has been working with the children for 21 years, since her sister and brother-in-law referred her to the Corps.

Business Manager Guy DeAngelis holds the title for longevity at 36 years, after starting as a work-study student in 1978 and serving as the Daycare Director for over 20 years. During a recent visit to the Poconos, Mr. DeAngelis had a chance meeting with a former student who greeted him with a hug.

“It shows you the impact The Salvation Army can have on children,” he said. “This child hadn’t been here since he was five years old, and he had so many stories and memories.”

Adding to the Daycare experience is The Salvation Army’s Foster Grandparents Program, offering seniors an opportunity to spend time with the children. Volunteer Pierre Ligonde is 91 years old and has spent the past 26 years with The Salvation Army of Jersey City.

The Salvation Army of Jersey City welcomes families seeking daycare and ensures that children will receive outstanding education and unconditional love from staff members who have literally dedicated their lives to serving the local community. Just be careful – enrolled children might decide to stay for a few years!

For more information on The Salvation Army Jersey City Corps, call (201) 435-7355 or visit


November 7, 2013

The Salvation Army Thanks and Supports Veterans

The Salvation Army New Jersey Division would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the men and women who have served our great nation. May God bless you for the sacrifices you and your families have made in order to protect our freedoms.

While we believe it is important to support our veterans with our words of thanks and encouragement, we also strive to support them with our actions. The Salvation Army has a long history of caring for our service members beginning with the Spanish-American War on through both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, we offer a range of programs and services for our veterans nationally as well as locally.

The New Jersey Division’s Operation Red Shield program exists to serve military personnel, both active and veteran, and their families. Operation Red Shield provides assistance through information, referrals, advocacy, pastoral counseling, and needs-based financial aid, which are all available on an individual basis. In addition, each summer, The New Jersey Division conducts “Vets Camp,” a five-day session at Camp Tecumseh, our residential summer camp in Hunterdon County, serving veterans and their families.  
The Salvation Army New Jersey Division is committed to helping our veterans and will continue to meet their needs for as long as need exists.

God’s blessings to you,

Major Donald E. Berry
State Commander
New Jersey Division


October 31, 2013

The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Survivors One Year After Hurricane Sandy’s Landfall

This week marks one year since Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. The Salvation Army continues to have boots on the ground, serving affected residents statewide.

Starting last October with food and beverage services, The Salvation Army expanded aid to first responders and Sandy survivors through its Emergency Assistance Centers in Ortley Beach and Hazlet. Each location offered clothing, cleaning supplies and small home goods at no cost to those affected by the storm.

As needs began to change months after Sandy, generous donors allowed The Salvation Army to fund the following services:

  • Disaster case management
  • Emotional and spiritual care counseling for individuals and families
  • Rebuilding efforts and repair costs
  • Purchase of major home appliances and furniture
  • Rental assistance
  • Food and clothing needs
  • Linking storm victims to government and disaster recovery agencies

As of September 30th, 2013, The Salvation Army has raised $3 million and expended nearly $2 million for the above services and more. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, The Salvation Army has served 45,889 individuals statewide.

The Salvation Army’s Stage III recovery efforts will extend to at least September 30, 2014. Though a year has passed since Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, The Salvation Army’s commitment to those affected is far from over.