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Salvation Army celebrates National Donut Day
Salvation Army celebrates National Donut Day


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command is celebrating the 73rd annual National Doughnut Day Friday, June 3 by partnering with Krispy Kreme to give away free doughnuts and raise awareness of The Salvation Army’s local food programs. The Army hopes to commemorate the traditions of National Doughnut Day and raise awareness of the continued need for Americans to support their neighbors in need.

“Last year, The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command spent $91,874.50 feeding Little Rock's homeless and provided 7,153 food baskets to low-income families,” said Major James Taylor, area commander for Central Arkansas. “This increased demand has put a strain on our food pantries and shelter programs. We need food donations and volunteers to help stock and organize our food pantries each week. We also need groups to adopt nights on our serving calendar to provide meals in our shelter kitchen.”

To help raise awareness of these needs, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will hand out one free doughnut to each visitor at their Little Rock store located at 1315 South Shackleford Road. A Salvation Army representative will be available that morning to provide more information about The Salvation Army’s food programs.

The first National Doughnut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “doughnut lassies” who helped make the doughnut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers.  Among those honored were Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance who came up with the idea of frying doughnuts in soldiers’ helmets near the front lines as a quick treat. The doughnuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “doughboys.”

Since that time, the first Friday in June has marked an important date in American food history and helps raise awareness for the critical services that The Salvation Army provides to 30 million Americans across the country and 15,738 locally in need each year.

For its national celebration, The Salvation Army partnered with baked goods manufacturer Entenmann’s, which reached their goal of donating $10,000 to The Salvation Army -- $1 for every person who LIKED their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Entenmanns) through June 3. In addition, supporters of The Salvation Army and Entenmann’s can text the word “DONUT” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Army.

In addition to clothing, shelter and financial assistance, The Salvation Army provides some 64 million meals, including doughnuts, to millions of Americans each year. Even during a disaster, such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood, the Army provides coffee and doughnuts to survivors and emergency responders who need support during a critical time. More information about National Doughnut Day and The Salvation Army’s service programs is available online at www.SalvationArmyCentralArkansas.org.