Majors James and Leisa Hall

Area Commanders for Palm Beach County

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~ Luke 6:38

Palm Beach County Advisory Board Members

  • David Ackerman
  • Rob Bailey
  • Fred “Bud” Broda
  • Marie Hope Davis
  • Dusty Dodge
  • Nan Gallagher
  • Daniel Hanley
  • Bill Mikus
  • Adam Myron
  • David O’Malley
  • Wilhelm “Bill” Schon
  • Katherine Waldron
  • Beverly White-Yeager

Palm Beach County Emeritus Board Members

  • Phillip Causey
  • Marc Murray
  • Jacob Paulsen
  • Rudolph Silc
  • Andrew Smith
  • Ronald Warner

SERVING PALM BEACH COUNTY SINCE 1922

THE SALVATION ARMY INTERNATIONAL 

MISSION STATEMENT

The Salvation Army, an international movement,

Is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.

Its message is based on the Bible.

Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.

Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ

and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

FOUNDING DATE:
The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth in 1865. The Salvation Army has served Palm Beach County since 1922.

PRODUCTS:
The Salvation Army translates its faith into action by offering programs and services. The many programs offered in Palm Beach County include: transitional housing for homeless males and homeless male veterans, social services, holiday assistance, youth programming, athletics and so much more.

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When sending a message to us please be sure to include your PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL address so that we can get back to you as quickly as possible.

To become a VOLUNTEER in Palm Beach County your must register by visiting the Volunteer tab on this page.

For Community Service Hours please call Stacy at 561-686-3530. Thank you!

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If your location isn't listed, please choose the location nearest you.

Contact The Salvation Army in Palm Beach County:

  • Area Command: 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33409   561- 686-3530
  • West Palm Beach Center for Worship & Service: 2122 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33409  561-686-3530
  • North West Community Center: 600 North Rosemary Avenue West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561-833-6767
  • Boca Raton Center for Worship & Service: 300 SW 2nd Avenue Boca Raton, FL 33432  561-391-1344
  • Lake Worth Center for Worship & Service: 4051 Kirk Road Lake Worth, FL 33460 561-968-8189
  • Center of Hope: 1577 North Military Trail  West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561-682-1118
  • Residential Re-Entry Center: 1577 North Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561-689-1212
  • West Palm Beach Family Store: 655 North Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33409 561-683-3513
  • Lake Worth Family Store: 4001 Kirk Road Lake Worth, FL 33460 561-642-1927

FREE Pick Up of household goods in Palm Beach County: 561-688-9153

SOCIAL SERVICES IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

The Salvation Army Social Service office provides assistance and support to people in crisis and in need; by means of residential and non-residential services and programs.

As a distinctly Christian social service, it offers care to the total person, spirit, mind and body.


All components require an intake needs assessment interview to be completed during the initial visit. Case management during subsequent social service visits ensure forward progress in achieving and maintaining goals that lead to a family's state of self-sufficiency.

SOCIAL SERVICES IN PALM BEACH COUNTY:

Our Social Service Offices offer assistance with dry goods from our food pantry, clothing from community donations, emergency furniture assistance for victims of natural disasters; and utility/rental assistance (when funding is available).

We may also refer you to other organizations if we cannot directly assist you with your needs.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A CASE WORKER IN YOUR AREA:

  • Belle Glade Please Call 561-686-3530 x26269
  • Boca Raton Please Call 561-391-1344 x26302
  • Lake Worth Please Call 561-968-8189 x26322
  • West Palm Beach Please Call 561-686-3530 x26269

YOU CAN HELP THOSE IN NEED!

The Salvation Army shield is a universal symbol of help and hope. For people in serious need, The Salvation Army is a buffer between their lives, and desperation. It's the difference between feeling that you've run out of options and getting a second chance.

In Palm Beach County, many families are suffering economic jeopardy. All it takes is a missed paycheck or two, an illness or a spouse who leaves and the family slides into homelessness, desperation and even possible dissolution. The Salvation Army Social Service programs meet the basic needs of daily life for those without the resources to do so themselves.

Ministry to the whole person - body, mind and spirit - is the hallmark of the services offered by The Salvation Army. Social Services offer aid to the community in many areas. In Palm Beach County, these areas currently include:

*Emergency Assistance *Crisis Intervention *Self-sufficiency Programs *Counseling and Budgeting *Utility Bill Assistance *Rent/Mortgage Assistance *Emergency Food Pantry *Disaster Furniture and Clothing Vouchers *Case Management *Referrals/Linkages *Assistance Securing Healthcare/Food Stamp Benefits *Local Palm Tran Reduced Fare Transportation *Other Necessities Based On Need

PATHWAY OF HOPE

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope initiative provides individualized services to families with children who desire to break the cycle of crisis and vulnerability that repeats generation after generation. It seeks to address the root causes of poverty in addition to The Army’s history of compassionate serving.

By helping families overcome challenges like unemployment, unstable housing, and lack of education, we can lead families down a path toward increased stability and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.

You’re eligible if:
* You have at least one child under the age of 18.     * You’re ready to take action to improve your life.

HELP STOCK OUR FOOD PANTRY

Become a life changer by helping us provide food pantry to those in need. Please donate non-perishable food items and assist The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County in giving those in need, nourishment to feed the soul.

Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army office near you or call 561-686-3530 for location drop off.

Please remember pop-top cans for the homeless.  Avoid glass & opened containers as well as expired items.

Some Suggested Non-Perishable Food Items:

Breakfast Items: Pancake Mix, Oatmeal, Hot/Cold Cereals, Grits, Breakfast Bars, Granola Bars, Corn Meal; Canned or Powdered Milk (no refrigeration required); Fruit Juice; Ensure or other nutritional supplement drinks; Canned Meat Products: Chicken, Tuna, Spam, Vienna Sausages, Ham, Sloppy Joe Mix, Chili, Corned Beef, Beef Stew, Chicken n Dumplings; Soups: Canned, Packaged, Dried; Pasta Products: Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti, Elbows, Egg Noodles, Tuna Helper, Hamburger Helper; Dried Goods: Packaged Kidney, Pinto, Green, Yellow, Black beans, Saltines/Ritz/Graham Crackers, Peanut Butter/Cheese Crackers, Packaged Cookies, Dried Fruit, Trail Mix, Packaged Rice and Pasta sides; Canned Goods: Ravioli, Spaghetti-O’s, Refried Beans, Pork & Beans, Baked Beans; Canned Fruit; Corn, Peas, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Potatoes, Rice; Misc Items: Instant/Packaged Potatoes, Peanut Butter, Jelly/Preserves, Sugar, Flour, Hot Cocoa/Chocolate, Instant Coffee, Tea/Drink Mixes; Condiments: Salt, Pepper, Pancake Syrup, Gravies, Dressings, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise.

Your contributions provides meals for those who might otherwise go with out.

ONCE A MONTH FOOD DISTRIBUSTION

FEEDING THE MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT

Food Distribution: Last Thursday of Every Month   1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(unless it falls on a holiday – call for alternate date)

West Palm Beach Worship & Service Center  -  2122 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West Palm Beach
(ACTIVITY HALL – LOCATED BEHIND THE CHURCH BUILDING)

Everyone is welcome to stop by, during the designated times, and choose from food items on hand. First come first served.

* Please bring your own shopping bags *     -     FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CALL THE SALVATION ARMY 561-686-3530

ALIMENTANDO LA MENTE EL CUERPO Y EL ALMA

DISTRIBUCION DE COMIDA: El Ultimo Jueves de Cada Mes   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
West Palm Beach Worship & Service Center  -  2122 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd
(ACTIVITY HALL – LOCALIZADO DETRAS DE LA IGLESIA)

Todos estan invitados a pasar, durante las horas designadas, y elegir lo que quieran llevar
de los productos disponibles. Se le Sirve en orden de llegada.

* Porfavor traiga su propia bolsa para cargar los alimentos *     -     Para mas informacion porfavor llamar al The Salvation Army 561-686-3530

NOURRIR L’ESPRIT, LE CORPS ET L’ESPRIT

Distribution des aliments: jeudi dernier de chaque mois   1:00 h 00 – 3:00 h 00
(à moins qu’il ne tombe sur un jour férié – appel à une autre date)

Centre de culte et de service de West Palm Beach  -  2122, boul. Palm Beach Lakes
SALLE D’ACTIVITÉS – situé derrière le bâtiment de l’église

Tout le monde est bienvenu pour s’arrêter, pendant les heures désignées, et choisir
parmi les produits alimentaires à disposition. premiers arrivés seront les premiers servis.

* S’il vous plaît apportez vos propres sacs à provisions *  -  Pour plus d’informations s’il vous plaît appelez l’armée du Salut 561-686-3530

FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM - COMBATING HUMAN  TRAFFICKING

The Salvation Army declares war on human trafficking.
The Salvation Army Emergency Trafficking Program works alongside local law enforcement, FBI, ICE, and numerous other community partners to identify, rescue, and restore victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation. We help both foreign and domestic victims of all ages and ethnicities through our nationwide case management network. Along with giving immediate refuge and relief for victims, we take a holistic approach to healing, helping each person move from a state of victimized enslavement to God-centered self-sufficiency.

Every day in America, people are still sold into slavery.
More than 3,500 sex trafficking cases were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center last year.

The average entry age of American minors into the sex trade is 13 years old. Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse.

Large populations, international borders, extensive ports, and large metropolitan areas are most conducive to forced human labor and sexual enslavement.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you provide funding for programs that help people escape human trafficking.

We are thankful for each of you who have joined the #FightforFreedom, fighting against human trafficking and making an impact! For additional information and resources visit www.sajustice.us or contact Hillary DeJarnett, Territorial Services Coordinator Against Human and Sex Trafficking, at Hillary.dejarnett@uss.salvationarmy.org.

A Legacy of Justice
For more than 150 years, The Salvation Army has stood firmly behind women and children subjected to organized commercial sexual exploitation. In the 1800s, we pioneered an undercover sex trafficking investigation, which directly shaped the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885. By 1900, The Salvation Army had created over 100 "rescue homes" throughout London to help those fleeing prostitution. Over a century later, we remain fully committed to abolishing the sex trade from every corner of the world.

The Salvation Army Family Stores ~ Two Convenient Palm Beach County Locations to Serve You

The Salvation Army is supported by the collection and sale of society's surplus but usable household goods.

The Salvation Army is always looking for donated items in good condition and sound working order.
All sellable items are processed at our local Family Stores.

Proceeds from Family Store sales are used to help fund programs and services offered by The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. Items are also used through our Social Service offices to provide clothing and household items vouchers for clients who qualify when in need.

Federal law permits Salvation Army donors to claim tax deductions for many contributions of donated clothing & household goods in good and working condition.

FOR FREE PICK UP IN PALM BEACH COUNTY PLEASE CALL 561-688-9153


H O U R S ~ O F ~ O P E R A T I O N:


655 North Military Trail * West Palm Beach, FL 33409 * 561-683-3513

Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm  ~ Closed Sunday

4001 Kirk Road * Lake Worth, FL 33460 * 561-642-1927

Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  ~ Closed Sunday


Drop Off Locations:  Both stores are available for drop off during business hours

Shop Frequently:

With our ever changing inventory you will want to visit often to find the latest treasures on display.

Along side our every day items we also carry a wide assortment of antique and designer pieces, such as: furniture, glass and dinner ware, chandeliers, carpets, art work, lamps, and one of a kind collectibles.

Your donations serve a dual purpose:

Proceeds from Family Store sales are used to help fund programs and services offered to men, women and children by The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. Some of those services are as follows: food pantry, rental and utility assistance, summer camp, sports and music programs, after school programs, and so much more.

Our Social Service offices are also able to provide clothing & household item vouchers for clients who qualify when in need. And in disaster situations: furniture and bedding.

Thank you for allowing us to be your hands of service!

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE SALVATION ARMY IN PALM BEACH COUNTY?

Your Donations Helps Change Lives For The Better. Make A Donation Today. 100% Tax Deductible. 501(c)(3) Non-profit. Services: Free Pickup, Tax Deductible, Drop - Off Locations, Donate Your Old Car, Help Change A Life.

The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever and however we can. When you give locally, you ensure that the people in your community get the help they need.
You can donate: * Money * Goods * Vehicles * Time * Planned Giving           For further information call 561-686-3530

For Planned Giving or Estate Planning Please contact:

Clyde Preston, Resource Development 954-347-4303

Gary Erhard, Planned Giving Director 800-758-2769

Discover the joy of serving those in need.

Help us meet the Challenge Of Funding Projects and Services to our Community. Volunteer time, donate funds, goods and participate in the following events and programs:

  • Seasonal and Regular Mail Appeals
  • Red Kettle Drive (Nov. - Dec.)
  • Angel Tree Program (Sept. - Dec.)

donations

To Make a Local Donation mail your check to:

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33409

To Make A Credit Card Donation: Click The Donate Button At The Top Of This Page

Or you can call the Palm Beach County Area Command office at 561-686-3530.

You Can Make A Difference! 

For people in serious need, The Salvation Army is a buffer between their lives and desperation. It's the difference between feeling that you've run out of options and getting a second chance.

In Palm Beach County, many families are suffering economic jeopardy. All it takes is a missed paycheck, an illness or a spouse who leaves and the family slides into homelessness, desperation and possible dissolution.

With your help The Salvation Army Social Service programs meet the basic needs of daily life for those without the resources to do so themselves.

Thank you for being....


83 cents of every dollar raised is used to sustain life-changing programs and services that brings hope to those in need in Palm Beach County.

SUPPORT OUR FOOD PANTRY ~ If you would like to donate to our Food Pantry - here are some suggested items that are always needed and much appreciated.

  •  Canned Meats: tuna, chicken, sardine, corned beef, corned beef hash, vienna sausage, ravioli (any kind)
  • Peanut butter, jelly
  • Rice, flour, sugar, cake mixes, cornbread mix
  • Pancake mix, pancake syrup, cereal
  • Cooking oil
  • Soups, soup mixes
  • Crackers, cookies
  • Juices, milk (boxed or tin)
  • Cereal, oatmeal
  • Baked beans, dried beans, peas
  • Pasta, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce.
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, soap, deodorant
  • Baby diapers/pampers, baby wipes

DONATE YOUR UNWANTED BUT USABLE ITEMS AND SHOP OUR FAMILY STORES

The Salvation Army has operated a "curbside" recycling program for more than 100 years. It began in the slums of 19th Century London, and continues to this day in all corners of the globe.

The Salvation Army is supported by the collection and sale of society's surplus but usable household goods. In the early days, men with push carts were sent out to collect paper and other salvage.  Horses and wagons eventually supplanted the push carts, and in turn were supplanted by the familiar Salvation Army trucks.

Today, pick up service and drop off locations collect the donations of a generous public, which fund local programs and services offered to thousands of men, women and children in your local community.

FREE PICKUP IN PALM BEACH COUNTY  561-688-9153

DONATE YOUR MOTORIZED VEHICLE:

Support The Salvation Army
Donate your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. You may qualify for a tax deduction while supporting a cause that is near and dear to your heart!

Vehicle donation pick-up is always free to you and most vehicles can be picked up within 3 business days. You'll receive an initial car donation receipt upon pick-up and then our team will work to turn your car into cash to support our cause. Once your vehicle is sold, we will provide you proper tax forms in time to file.

Sale of all vehicles supports local programs and services.

 To donate your motorized vehicle please call 561-686-3530 ext. 26270

or email  linda.gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org

****   Please be prepared to provide photos of your vehicle if requested ****      THANK YOU!!

Donate Your Vehicle

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The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County Offers Many Volunteer And Community Service Opportunities

Stacy Sinkeldam, Volunteer Coordinator, 561-686-3530 x26267

Regular volunteer work, more than any other activity, dramatically increases life expectancy. According to a study done at the University of Michigan Survey Research Center, Volunteer activities: Reduce stress, Improve cardiovascular system and Boost immune functions. ~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer said that "the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."

Volunteer Your Time and Reap the Benefits!

Give the Gift of Time - Become a Volunteer.

“There is no reward equal to that of Doing the Most Good to the most people in the most need”. ~ Evangeline Booth

Become a Disaster Services Volunteer: We combat natural disasters with acts of God. Click HERE to register in Palm Beach County.

Disaster Services Training Classes: FREE CLASSES!  To sign up for these classes you must create a volunteer profile by clicking HERE.

Check the schedule of classes to learn more about being a Disaster Volunteer. REMEMBER to look for classes located in Palm Beach County.  Click HERE

For over 100 years, The Salvation Army's Red Kettles have been a symbol of good will during the holiday season.

Why not help us spread our holiday message of hope to the less fortunate by volunteering your time as a bell ringer at a Red Kettle site?
The heart you warm just may be your own!
For more information on ringing bells for The Salvation Army, please call Stacy Sinkeldam 561-686-3530 ext. 26267

THE SALVATION ARMY WOMEN'S AUXILIARY:

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is a volunteer, educational and fundraising arm of The Salvation Army in the Palm Beach County Area Command. The Auxiliary sponsors initiatives that enrich the lives of local citizens by meeting them at their point of need.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is a wonderful group of ladies who render volunteer service and raise much needed funds to support the programs and services in Palm Beach County.

The Hearts of Gold Luncheon is the Women’s Auxiliary’s largest fund raising event and all members do whatever they can to assist. If you would like to become a member of the Women's Auxiliary please call Sharon Smith at 561-686-3530 extension 26291

Membership in The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary: 

  • Active Members donate a minimum of 4 hours a month or 30 hours per year of volunteer service time. $35.00 annually
  • Supportive Member: support the Auxiliary through dues only. No volunteer service required. $50.00 annually
  • Permanent Member: dues are payable one time only. $1,000.00
  • All dues are tax deductible within the provision of the federal tax law.

The Salvation Army Founders:

William Booth: William Booth began The Salvation Army in 1865, as a means to help the suffering souls throughout London who were not willing to attend – or even welcomed into – a traditional church.
Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among his first converts to Christianity, and as his ministry grew, the gospel of Jesus Christ was spread far and wide to the poor, the vulnerable, and the destitute.
Though General Booth died in 1912, he laid a firm foundation for the lifesaving work that The Salvation Army continues to perform today in over 100 countries. 

Catherine Booth: Catherine Booth was known as the “Army Mother.” In her world, women had few rights, no place in the professional sphere, and a minimal presence in church leadership.
Yet in her marriage to William Booth, she became an evangelist, preacher, theologian, and co-founder of The Salvation Army.
A truly passionate Christian, Catherine believed that loving God meant loving people through action. Her legacy of love, sacrifice, and service continues to shape The Salvation Army today.

1922 - The Beginning in Palm Beach County

In the 1920s, much of Palm Beach County was swamp, swampy or wetlands. County and community leaders knew that water was the attraction and the future. They also knew that water was inhibiting progress and growth.

Engineers, dredging and drainage solved the problem, advertisers told the story, and the county grew. Sand paths and trails were transformed into roads, roadways and eventually highways to accommodate ever—increasing automobile ownership and travel. Railroads, first the Celestial and then Henry Flagler’s Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Indian River Railway followed soon by the Florida East Coast, brought products, people and progress to Palm Beach County.

By 1922, Salvation Army leaders saw potential and possibilities for our own growth. A partnership with the Kiwanis Club resulted in the establishment of the West Palm Beach Corps.

A building called the Tabernacle was constructed using labor primarily donated by union-backed construction workers. This corps building housed all Salvation Army indoor activities including worship meetings as well as social welfare programs.

An Advisory Board was quickly organized and immediately became supportive and creative in expanding the reach of the Army. In 1924, a fund to help people at Christmas time, The Empty Stocking Fund, was launched cooperatively by The Palm Beach Post-Dispatch and The Salvation Army.

The Army’s county-wide activity resulted in the establishment of Outposts in Lake Worth in 1925, and Westgate in 1938. The Lake Worth ministry was designated a Corps in 1953. Westgate was merged with the West Palm Beach Corps in 1970.

Today the Army assists children through afterschool programs and community centers. It also houses veterans, the homeless and helps prisoners with their reentry back into the community. The Salvation Army also responds to emergencies like hurricanes and provides social services and counseling to those most in need. Today there also are 3 corps that provide worship services in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton.

And today in Palm Beach County ...............  what we do at a glance.

  • Social Services: Each year nearly 33 million people in the United States are assisted by one or more of The Salvation Army’s many community services. The Salvation Army Social Services Program meets the basic needs of daily life for those without the resources to do so themselves. Services include; rent & utility assistance, food, clothing and referrals. The Pathway of Hope initiative provides a holistic approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty by addressing root causes. Ministry to the whole person – body, mind and spirit - are the hallmarks of the services offered by The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army Social Services offices offers aid to the community in many areas.
  •  Children’s Programs: One of the fundamental objectives of our children’s programs is to create opportunities for local children to be exposed to positive influences through mentoring, character building workshops, music, tutoring and recreational activities. The Salvation Army strives to build community networks and to collaborate with local resident’s, agencies, businesses and individuals to provide programs and services. Local programs and services are provided by our Boca Raton, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach Corps; as well as 66 children enrolled in our afterschool program at the Northwest Community Center.
  • Center of Hope: The center provides transitional housing for local single, adult homeless men & veterans and families. This program provides daily services that include individualized recreational, educational, vocational and rehabilitative training opportunities, as well as socialization and therapy. Case Management is at the heart of the program. Our staff can assist residents in developing short/long-term employment and housing plans unique to their needs. Assistance may include vital records, identification, and opportunities, such as: SSDI, unemployment, food stamps, veteran’s benefits, obtaining health care and resources for resolving pending legal issues.
  • Volunteer: Volunteers are vital to people helping people: learn about the many opportunities for volunteering your time and talent. YOU can make a difference! Sign up to become a volunteer at www.bttr.im/w6nuu.
  • Family Stores: The Salvation Army is supported by the collection and sale of your surplus but usable household goods. The Salvation Army is always looking for donated items in good condition and sound working order. All sellable/usable items are processed at our local Family Stores. Your donations serve a dual purpose; proceeds from Family Store sales are used to help fund our programs and services as well as provide vouchers for those in need, and low-cost items to the community. For FREE pick up, of your usable household goods, please call 561-688-9153.
  • Angel Tree: Won't you please help local children have a Merry Christmas? Please support our Angel Tree program.
    For ANGEL TREE information and other options to donate visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org.
    To make an on-line donation through our Walmart registry please visit: https://www.walmart.com/lists/view-events.
  • Red Kettles: Funds from our seasonal Red Kettles helps support programs and services throughout the coming year.

THE SALVATION ARMY LASSIE'S AND NATIONAL DONUT DAY

NATIONAL DONUT DAY started in 1938 in Chicago as a tribute to The Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who supported our troops on the front lines during World War I. It is celebrated annually on the first Friday in June.

In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during WWI. About 250 volunteers (Lassie's) traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods. After discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers. 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.

During WWI, Donut Lassies served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches. Donuts were not the reason The Salvation Army workers were in the fighting zones; they were there primarily to give spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldier and his allies. They were there to be a link with home and family. The Salvation Army continued to provide comfort, care and donuts to American soldiers during World War II, and is honored to continue to serve the men and women who have served our nation.

More than a century later, The Salvation Army is still supporting those on the front lines, even when it’s a different kind of battle.


Original Salvation Army Donut Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 5 C flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ‘saltspoon’ salt (1/4 tsp.)
  • 2 eggs 1
  • 3/4 C 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. (When finding items to cut out donut circles, be creative. Salvation Army Donut Girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
  • 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.

Yield: 4 dozen donuts

The Salvation Army Boca Raton

300 SW 2nd Avenue
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Phone

Phone: (561) 391-1344

The Salvation Army Lake Worth

4051 Kirk Road
Lake Worth, FL 33460

Phone

Phone: (561) 968-8189

The Salvation Army West Palm Beach

2122 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Phone

Phone: (561) 686-3530