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On the first Friday in June, Americans celebrate the goodness that is donuts. But did you know that National Donut Day actually has its roots in doing good?

The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938 to help those in need during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “Donut Lassies,” who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during World War I. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods.

Despite discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two officers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in a small pan. These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers.

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Nicknamed “Donut Lassies,” the women who served donuts to troops are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops (nicknamed “Doughboys”) returned home from war.

The donut now serves as a symbol of the comfort that The Salvation Army provides to those in need through its many social services programs. The Salvation Army still serves donuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

National Donut Day is held annually on the first Friday in June, and The Salvation Army celebrates the work of the original Donut Lassies by delivering donuts to those in need and to donut lovers across the country.

The original recipe from the front lines:

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 tub lard

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
  • Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick.
  • Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the donuts gradually. Turn the donuts slowly several times.
  • When browned, remove donuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
  • Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy!

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954, he noted, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood.”

65 years later, National Salvation Army Week continues to serve as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves and to join us in upholding our five core values:

  • PASSIONATE | The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination. We believe Christ changes lives. This faith gives us a motivation that goes beyond simply doing good. We have a passion for doing the most good for body, soul, and spirit.
  • COMPASSIONATE | Caring for the poor. Feeding the hungry. Sheltering the homeless. Clothing the naked. Loving the unlovable. Befriending the friendless.
  • UPLIFTING | William Booth (Founder of The Salvation Army) once said, “The Salvation Army is a place of hope. When every other light is extinguished, and every other star has gone down, this one gleam shines steadily and clearly out in the darkened sky: ‘If I could only get to The Salvation Army, they will do something for me.'”
  • BRAVE | People who serve in The Salvation Army routinely go into places others prefer to avoid: impoverished neighborhoods, jails and prisons, hospital rooms and nursing homes, gatherings of alcoholics and drug addicts, and the immediate scene of natural disasters.
  • TRUSTWORTHY | To those who want to positively affect their world, The Salvation Army is the charity that maximizes their contributes by using 83 cents of every dollar donated to provide direct services to the less.

Taking place this year May 13-19, the week is just one opportunity for The Salvation Army to thank the volunteers and donors who have made us one of the world’s largest and most-trusted charities.

Without the help of countless donors and more than 3 million volunteers, The Salvation Army couldn’t serve 23 million people in need each year across the United States.

National Salvation Army Week is also a time for new volunteers and donors to join our important mission. Not only for the greater good, but because the upcoming summer months are our most challenging season when giving decreases, but the need for The Salvation Army’s services increases.

Thank you for helping The Salvation Army serve men, women, and children in need in your community.

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When people come to The Salvation Army seeking food, shelter, or emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

Name: Alyssha

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? I am a single mother to two children with another on the way and have fallen on very tough times financially. My son has a lot of medical issues which makes it nearly impossible to work as he has 7-10 appointments each week. I take him to those as well as drop off and pick up my daughter from school.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? It means the world to me, as me and my children are on the verge of being homeless.

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people find the hope they need to face another day.

Visit our Volunteer page or Ways to Give page for more information on how to get involved.

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When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

Name: Amber

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? Help with my water bill which was way too high to pay.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? It means EVERYTHING! I’ve been scraping pennies to regain water for a week now, and I thank God you helped me with restoring water for my children! God bless!

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Amber find the hope they need to face another day.

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Remember, being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and your family!

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On the day where loved ones express their appreciation for one another, we want to express how thankful we are for the donors and volunteers that show love and care to their community by Doing the Most Good for those in need.

The Salvation Army relies on people like YOU to help change lives for the better. Whether you have been a willing listener to a veteran with stories to tell, helped feed empty stomachs, or nourish hungry souls, you are helping rebuild shattered lives.

Thank you to all who have a heart of compassion throughout the year to give others hope for the future.

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at The Salvation Army!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 1 – 8, NIV

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When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

Name: Anthony

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? Hard times. I lost my job, lost my wife, I can’t pay all of my bills before they get shut off.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? It means the world. I’m a hardworking family man that’s just going through a tough spot and reaching out for a little bit of help.

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Anthony find the hope they need to face another day.

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When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

Name: Alicia

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? My husband lost his job and recently just found a new one, so we had trouble paying our bills.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? It would help us be able to cook for my children and have lights. I would be so happy.

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like Alicia find the hope they need to face another day.

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angie money wisely

Angie and her kids in Guam

Angie:
“When I was on the island Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia I had my two kids, a boy and a girl.

I decided to move to Guam for my kid’s better education. When I came here to Guam we were jumping around in different houses.

I was almost like being homeless. Every day I prayed that I would find a way out pretty soon.

Then I met the friend that showed me The Salvation Army homeless shelter.

They allowed me to stay there for three months. When I was there I heard about The Salvation Army Family Services Center.”

Angie’s caseworker at the Family Services Center:
We provide rapid rehousing for families and individuals that have no home at all. We work with them to put them in a home.

The majority of the application is just the goals we want the family to identify.

A goal would be; I want to find a full time job; I want to finish high school; I want to go to college; I want to save that money, or; I want to have my own car. The goal is entirely up to the client.

They [Angie and her family] wanted to increase their income and save money so she would be able to be self-sufficient.

She was able to save money. She was able to say, ‘yes I can work extra hours,’ which she did.

She wanted her husband to find a job and the husband found two jobs.”

Angie:
“Then, luckily at the end of the third month I was able to move in here. So everything I got, I got from God.

When I moved into my apartment that’s when The Salvation Army started helping me by paying my rent.

They hooked up my power and water and helped me with some stuff like food ’cause at the time, I couldn’t afford it.

I started saving money so that later on I can pay my own rent because I have at least some savings.”

Angie’s caseworker at the Family Services Center:
“This family was such a wonderful family. They were really, really one hundred percent responsible for the success they had in our program.

Yes, we were able to give them the tools but they’re the one that took the program and just did such amazing things. We are so proud of them.”

Angie:
“I learned to work hard and stand on my own. The Salvation Army taught me how to use my money wisely.

If I hadn’t gone to The Salvation Army, I have no idea where I’d be.

Every day I pray for everything I need in my life, so everything I believe is just coming from God.

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To support programs and services that serve people in need like Angie, please click here.

When people come to The Salvation Army seeking emergency financial assistance, they receive an application to fill out. Included in the application is a voluntary questionnaire that includes just two questions.

Our ‘Brewing Hope’ series will give you insight on what assistance men, women, and children in need are seeking when they come through our doors, and what it means to them to receive a hand up and a sense of hope in their time of need.

 

Name: BarbiLynn

What brings you to The Salvation Army for assistance? A huge water bill.

What does receiving assistance from The Salvation Army mean to you? A life of Thank You’s. I try so hard to do right for all, and this time I need help.

 

Thank you for supporting the programs and services of The Salvation Army, so we can help people like BarbiLynn find the hope they need to face another day.

Click here to make a donation today to support the programs and services of The Salvation Army.