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June 4, 2013
The Salvaton Army Celebrates National Donut Day!
In the celebration of National Donut Day this Friday, June 7, The Salvation Army will be delivering donuts to all of our local heroes who serve our community and nation everyday – men and women from the Armed Forces and the local Fire Departments. The Salvation Army will also deliver donuts to the local Mayors. Daylight Donuts of Chattanooga, TN will donate the donuts to be delivered. Daylight Donuts on East Brainerd Rd. in Chattanooga will feature The Salvation Army red kettle throughout the morning to collect monetary donations.
"The Salvation Army has been serving in times of disaster and when needed even at times of war for decades," states Major Algerome Newsome.
All are welcome to enjoy a free donut from Daylight Donuts on Friday, June 7 to celebrate National Donut Day.
To donate, please visit www.csarmy.org or call 1-800-Sal-Army .
For more information on The Salvation Army, please contact Kimberly George at 423-503-1801 or by email to Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org .
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.
- National Donut Day commemorates the "donut lassies," 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 provided 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.
- Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's 3,600 officers, 64,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.
For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org