In the celebration of National Donut Day, The Salvation Army will be delivering doughnuts to local heroes who serve the community and nation every day — men and women from the Armed Forces and the local Fire and Police Departments.
Daylight Donuts on Keith Street will feature The Salvation Army red kettle throughout the day to collect monetary donations. They will also be giving away free doughnuts with every purchase.
“We are so grateful to Daylight Donuts and everyone who is helping us celebrate this day,” said Sgt. Ruthie Forgey. “We still hear stories from veterans and their families about just how much having a donut meant to them while on the frontline. A doughnut — at that very moment — was symbolic of home and brought peace to them in a very chaotic war zone.”
It is only appropriate The Salvation Army who made the doughnut what it is today, will join in this celebration. The Salvation Army has been serving in times of disaster and when needed even at times of war. In World War I, young women served our service men on the front lines of war, frying dough as a sweet treat and comfort from home. They quickly became known as “Donut Lassies” and their treats “doughnuts.”
National Donut Day fun facts:
- The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army's social service programs.
n Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
- n 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.
- Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's 3,600 officers, 64,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.