In western Massachusetts where many communities are recovering from the destructive June 1 tornadoes, the disaster has caused a roller coaster of emotions.
While volunteers walked door to door with hot meals, they reported an elderly individual approached one of them, collapsed in their arms, and sobbed, “I just don’t know what to do.”
Around the same time, a 7 year-old girl walked into one of the local Salvation Army centers to donate an envelope marked ‘Lemonade Stand Money’ with a smiley face, which she said she had earned to “help the people in her neighborhood who got hurt.”
The Salvation Army continues to serve the many needs of these communities and is working closely with the office of the Springfield, MA mayor during this process.
As the transition to the long term recovery phase of this disaster takes place, The Salvation Army will provide vouchers for clothes, groceries, hygiene products, and children’s supplies for those affected. Teams are being sent to help the elderly and disabled who are not able to clear their yards of debris.We’ll also continue to serve those in the disaster area as long as needed to make sure everyone has enough food, water, clothing and shelter.
Since the immediate hours following the western Massachusetts tornadoes, The Salvation Army has:
* Served 16,400 people, including 10,000 hot meals in 29 different locations and these services continue.
* Used 5 emergency feeding vehicles to manage the response
* Provided 100 cots for survivors in shelters,
* Mobilized 85 specially trained EDS volunteers and a handful of officers to serve the 4 hardest hit communities of Westfield, Springfield, Brimfield and Monson.
* Provided emotional and spiritual care to over 1,000 people in the first 48 hours.
To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Massachusetts, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here to donate and designate your gift for “Massachusetts Tornado Relief.” The Salvation Army in Massachusetts says their greatest need is financial donations. They have not expressed a need for clothing donations or volunteers at this time.
The Salvation Army has joined with The Bridge to become a part of the Multiple Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) for Joplin disaster relief. The resource center consists of various charity organizations and local businesses offering services for storm victims. The M.A.R.C. offers the opportunity to access many services at one location including help with: housing, medical needs, debris removal, misc. supplies, counseling, emergency funding, new driver’s license, I.D., car title, unemployment, and much more. According to J.J. Travis of The Red Cross, “There is something here for every person affected by this disaster.”
Upon arrival at the M.A.R.C. survivors will go to The Red Cross to register for needed services. It’s helpful to have a form of identification and the address of the affected residence, but it is not required to receive assistance. Continuing support is available and provided based on the long term needs of individual survivors. The M.A.R.C. is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and is located at 3405 S. Hammonds Blvd, Joplin, MO.
* Housing Assistance
* Debris Removal
* Clothing & Hygienic Supplies
* Drivers License, I.D., Car Title
* Emergency Funding
* Social Security Benefits
* Volunteer Placement
* Educational Resources
* Veterans Affairs
* Disability Services
During World War I, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to our American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France starting in 1917.
As the young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to fry up in helmets delicious doughnuts for the boys.
These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time. They also provided writing supplies, stamps, and clothes-mending for the men.
The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”
Doughnut Lassies fed hungry American soldiers serving on the front lines during WWI.
The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. They started the Day as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.
And today, 73 years later, we continue that tradition to help raise awareness for the critical services we provide to 30 million Americans in need each year! If you’d like to help support The Salvation Army on National Doughnut Day, please text the word “DONUT” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
Below are just a few ways we’re celebrating across the country. For a full list and more info, click here.
* Augusta, ME: The Salvation Army will offer free doughnuts and coffee between 7a.m. and 10a.m. at the Tim Hortons on Western Avenue.
* Chicago, IL: Community members can help The Salvation Army “Erase Hunger” on June 3rd and 4th. Fundraisers will be on the streets handing out commemorative Doughnut Day tags to donors to help support feeding programs for children, seniors, the homeless and families in need.
* Hampton, VA: The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme are partnering to provide doughnuts to Salvation Army clients, including members of senior programs.
* Los Angeles, CA: BakeMark will make a $10,000 donation to support The Salvation Army’s Haven Shelter in West Los Angeles. The Salvation Army will also provide free doughnuts and coffee to veterans at the Haven served by volunteers in “Lassie” uniforms.
* Phoenix, AZ: Community members who donate gently used items to a Salvation Army Family Store on June 3rd will receive a free Dunkin’s Donut and a coupon for a free dozen Dunkin’ Donuts.
With the 73rd National Doughnut Day only 1 day away (is your mouth watering yet?), we thought we’d share a special treat with you a little bit early.
If you’re lucky, on Friday you may come across your local Salvation Army unit passing out doughnuts from our partners like Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, or local stores. We have a lot of love for all these great doughnut brands, BUT for those of you who are real go-getters, we’re going to help you celebrate do-it-yourself style.
Below, we’re sharing The Salvation Army’s original doughnut recipe, just like our “doughnut lassies” used to make on the front lines for American soldiers during WWI and WWII. They say it’s because of these women that doughnuts became such a popular treat in the US!
Give it a try, and let us know if you think your doughnuts are good enough to have their own annual celebration.
Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Stella Young
SALVATION ARMY LASSIES’ DOUGHNUT RECIPE
Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts
5 C flour
2 C sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
1 3/4 C milk
1 T lard
* 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 doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut 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 doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.
* When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
* Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.