How sweet it is! The first Friday of June is celebrated annually as National Donut Day across the United States, an event, which can trace its history back to 1938. This year, The Salvation Army Midland Division will provide over 3,000 donuts to area veterans on Friday, June 5 from 8:30am-11am. Salvation Army officers and volunteers from Convergence Technology, Regions Bank and Wells Fargo will personally distribute donuts to military veterans at 15 locations around the St. Louis metropolitan area. Knights of Columbus auxiliaries, assemblies and councils helped underwrite this effort.
Created by The Salvation Army during the Great Depression to raise funds and awareness for its social service programs, the idea for Donut Day began on the battlefields of France during World War I, when Salvation Army workers served coffee and doughnut to soldiers in the trenches. Rations were poor, but it was hoped serving doughnuts would bring the soldiers a modicum of cheer. While doughnuts provided a means of service, the men and women distributing them were there primarily to offer spiritual aid and comfort to American soldiers and their allies.
Today, 77 years later the tradition continues to help raise awareness for the critical services The Salvation Army provides to service men, women and their families before and after deployment. This is in addition to the support and service The Salvation Army provides to hundreds of thousands of Bi-state residents battling hunger and other issues each year.
By supporting Donut Day, with a donation or through volunteering, you help The Salvation Army keep its food pantries, meals on wheels and senior citizen meal programs along with other critical community and social services alive and well. If you can give a few dollars or a few hours of your time, you will help provide over 400,000 meals to hungry men, women and children in the bi-state this year.
Your involvement is crucial! You are the one that can help the hungry have a warm nutritious meal; all you have to do is be willing to give through a donation or by volunteering. If you can do that, please DONATE NOW or VOLUNTEER TODAY.
Adding to National Donut Day activities locally, 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 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 of a free small latte with the purchase of small latte, and Entenmann’s Bakery is donating $1 to The Salvation Army for every entry received through their Facebook page – up to $30,000 – until July 3. In addition, Clayton’s Vincent Van Doughnut is pledging 10-percent of the day’s proceeds to The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut to guests, while supplies last.
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. See locations and more information here.