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June 1, 2012 / BirminghamSalvationArmy


                                                                                   Today is Salvation Army National Donut Day! In honor of of this special day, EVERY Krispy Kreme in the US is offerring a free donut to anyone that comes in-any kind-no purchase necessary. Pretty cool huh? So is the history of this day. Click here for brief video.

The History of Donut Day

The idea for Donut Day began on the battlefields of France during World War I when Salvation Army workers served coffee and dough-nuts to soldiers in the trenches. Rations were poor so the doughnut idea was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer. Dough-nuts were not the reason Salvation Army workers were in the fighting zones of France. Those men and women were there primari-ly to give spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldier and his allies. They were there to be a link with home and family.Though that world war has come and gone, Salvation Army workers continue to care for and comfort thousands of people each day who battle hunger around the world and hundreds here in the Greater Birmingham Area. By supporting The Salvation Army, with a donation or through vol-unteering, you help us keep our food pantries, homeless shelter, veterans program, permanent housing program and feeding programs alive and well.

75th Annual 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 pro-grams.  
  • National Donut Day commemorates the “donut las-sies,” 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.  
  • Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provid-ed assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
  •  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.

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