The Salvation Army is urging the public to seek the truth about who they are in light of Chick-fil-A’s decision to restructure their philanthropic giving and end their multi-year funding commitments to the organization.
In a statement posted to their website Monday, the charity — known for their red buckets and bell ringers during the Christmas season in addition to their long history of serving the poor and homeless — expressed their dismay that Chick-fil-A would no longer be funding them and stressed that helping those in need is their core mission.
“We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education and homelessness organizations — areas in which The Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed,” The Salvation Army said.
“We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ+ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ+ population.”
Presently headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia outside Washington, D.C., the U.S. branch of the organization added that baseless assertions were being spread about who they are and what they do and that it hampers their ministry efforts.
“When misinformation is perpetuated without fact, our ability to serve those in need, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or any other factor is at risk,” the group said.
“We urge the public to seek the truth before rushing to ill-informed judgement and greatly appreciate those partners and donors who ensure that anyone who needs our help feels safe and comfortable to come through our doors.”
The SA statement comes amid a torrent of discontent from Christians who felt betrayed by what some called a gutless surrender to LGBT activists who have long disdained Chick-fil-A for their contributions to Christian groups that espouse orthodox views about marriage and sexuality.
The fast-food chain told The Christian Post Monday that their goal was to donate to the most effective organizations in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger and that no organization, both faith-based and non-faith-based, will be excluded from future consideration. As a result of their restructuring, previous multi-year giving to groups like The Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home were coming to an end.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter