Staff and volunteers of The Salvation Army will distribute 1,000 donuts directly to veterans and their caregivers on National Donut Day. Bringing such cheer is reminiscent of the service The Salvation Army performed on the front lines during WWI in France that helped popularize donuts in America. During the war, Salvation Army volunteers used wine bottles as rolling pins and leftover flour to make donuts, which they fried in soldiers' steel army helmets. When the soldiers returned home from the war, the donut was virtually unknown in the U.S., but the demand created for them by The Salvation Army’s wartime efforts resulted in American bakeries adding them to their menus.
The Salvation Army still serves donuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.
A Salvation Army “Donut Lassie” will serve donuts in a WWI period costume similar to what was worn by women volunteers who made and served the donuts in WWI.
The donuts will be donated by Glazed Donut Works located in Deep Ellum.
National Donut Day was established in 1938 by The Salvation Army in Chicago as a depression-era outreach initiative. Celebrated each year on the first Friday of June, the special day pays tribute to the organization for distributing donuts to thousands of homesick soldiers during World War I.
Friday, June 2
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
4500 South Lancaster Road
Dallas, TX 75216
(214) 799-2622 – Cell
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