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Salvation Army Donut Days kicks off Friday

The Salvation Army hopes residents have an appetite for sweets and for a good cause.

The organization's 77th Annual Donut Days kicks off this Friday. Volunteer taggers will be outside stores in Geneva and St. Charles to collect donations of any amount, said Salvation Army Major Ken Nicolai of the Geneva-based Salvation Army Golden Diners Program of Kane and McHenry counties.

Donors will receive individually packaged chocolate donuts, courtesy of Entenmann's, and car tags or postcards that explain the purpose of Donut Days. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and June 6, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and June 7.

The volunteers will be outside Blue Goose Market in St. Charles on all four days. On Friday and Saturday, collections also will be taken outside the Geneva locations of Starbucks and Walgreens.

Besides Blue Goose, the June 6 and 7 sites include the east St. Charles Walgreens and the St. Charles Walmart.

Entenmann's donated 4,000 donuts for central Kane County's Donut Days, Nicolai said. The idea for the event began back in World War I when Salvation Army workers served coffee and doughnuts to cheer up soldiers in the trenches. The doughnuts have since became part of a fundraiser for The Salvation Army.

Without the supplemental funds from Donut Days, some area seniors would have to go on a waiting list to receive Golden Diner services, Nicolai said. The program provides over 600 meals a day, mostly home-delivered, in Kane County.

The volunteers who have signed up to participate in Donut Days recognize the need and importance of the program. Some of the seniors who are part of Golden Diners have limited mobility and always are happy to see the people who deliver their meals, said Marge Meanger, one of the Donut Days volunteer taggers.

"That might be the only human contact some of these people have all day," said Meanger, who also is the volunteer coordinator for Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles. "They are so eager to see that meal come."

If you go

What: The Salvation Army National Donut Days

When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and June 6; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and June 7.
Where: Outside various stores in Geneva and St. Charles
Information: To become a Donut Days volunteer, call 630-232-6676

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