ST. LOUIS, MO (June 3, 2014) – The Salvation Army is going back to its root to provide nearly 2,000 donuts to area veterans in celebration of the 77th annual National Donut Day on Friday, June 6 from 8:30am-11am. With generous support from Schnucks and Old Town Donuts, Salvation Army officers and volunteers from Deloitte Consulting LLC, U.S. Bank, Simmons First and The Wendt Family Foundation will personally distribute donuts to military veterans at 13 locations around the St. Louis area. Knights of Columbus assemblies and councils are also contributing to these efforts.
The idea for Donut Day began on the battlefields of France during World War I when Salvation Army volunteers (dubbed “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls”) served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time. The Salvation Army started National Donut Day in 1938 as a way to raise funds and awareness about its social service programs. And today, 77 years later the tradition continues to help raise awareness for the critical services The Salvation Army provides to millions of Americans each year.
Adding to the celebration, Old Town is offering two (2) free donuts to any active U.S. military personnel with identification at its two locations, 508 New Florissant Road in Old Town Florissant and 3941 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville on June 6. Joining in the festivities is Dunkin Donuts, who has pledged its support by providing a free donut to anyone with the purchase of a beverage at all St. Louis-area locations, and Entemann’s Bakery is donating $1 to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” the Entenmann’s Facebook page – up to $30,000 – until June 15. St. Louisans can be on the lookout for specially packaged Entenmann’s donuts at Schnucks, Dierbergs, Wal-Mart, and Shop ‘N’ Save to commemorate this holiday.
Salvation Army officers and volunteers will hand out donuts at The Salvation Army Veterans Residence, Scott AFB, USO of Missouri and VA St. Louis Health System facilities. Locations and addresses are: Belleville Veterans Clinic at 6500 W. Main Street in Belleville, IL; John Cochran Division at 915 N. Grand (front lobby) in St. Louis, MO; St. Charles County Outpatient Clinic at 844 Waterbury Falls Drive in O’Fallon, MO; St. Louis County Outpatient Clinic at 6854 Parker Road in Florissant, MO; St. Louis Veterans Home at 10600 Lewis & Clark Blvd in St. Louis, MO; USO of Missouri at Lambert Airport in St. Ann, MO; Jefferson Barracks Division at One Jefferson Barrack Drive (front of Building 1 in the lobby) in St. Louis, MO; Hope Recovery Center at 515 North Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis, MO; Women’s Clinic at 3615 Olive Street (Continental Building) in St. Louis, MO; Primary Care Team 1, Manchester Avenue Annex at 4974 Manchester Avenue in St. Louis, MO; Salvation Army Veterans Residence at 2935 Locust Street in St. Louis, MO; Primary Care Team 2, Washington Avenue Annex at 2727 Washington Avenue in St. Louis, and Scott Air Force Base.
If you’d like to show your support without exercising your sweet tooth, visit www.STLSalvationArmy.org/donutday to aid in supporting U.S. veterans and others in need throughout the Greater St. Louis area. In addition, Salvation Army bell ringers will be at six (6) Dunkin Donuts locations from 6am-noon in Kirkwood/1208 Kirkwood Road; Rock Hill/9860 Manchester Road; Ballwin/13721 Manchester Road; South City/4220 Telegraph Road; Fairview Heights (IL)/6008 Rte 159.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving St. Louis since 1958. For more than 130 years, St. Louis residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org.
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Press Contact: Aurrice Duke, Director of Communications
314.603.2713 (c) / Aurrice_Duke@usc.salvationarmy.org