Memory of Salvation Army Doughnut Girls Honored in Museum Exhibit

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Theirs is a story that is noble and inspiring, and thanks to the new Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Exhibit, hopefully the tale of the Doughnut Girls will be heard more often. The museum’s new feature was dedicated last week at The Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana to highlight the outstanding behind-the-scenes contributions during World War I of these female Salvation Army officers that is a little known, but riveting, part of American history.

Supporters and even relatives of the famed Doughnut Girls turned out at the event enthusiastically dressed in uniform, greeting visitors with coffee and doughnuts. People enjoyed the opportunity to view displays with original utensils, uniforms, and promotional materials. For more information on the event, visit The Salvation Army Indiana’s website (www.saindy.org) for an original article and find photos on their Flickr page.

Not Familiar with the Story of Salvation Army Doughnut Girls?

As young American soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to create delicious fried donuts 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 donuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these donuts 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.

We hope if you’re in the Indiana area that you’ll be able to stop by The Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Exhibit. Also, don’t forget to think about us and grab a doughnut on National Doughnut Day, coming up the first Friday of June. Check back at our national website and social media sites for more fun, historical doughnut facts and information about events that will be taking place across the country.

Looking for Volunteers in Chicago

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Salvation Army and Numana, Inc.’s next community meal packing event for Haiti relief will take place in the Chicago, IL area (Melrose Park) this coming weekend on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23rd.

If you can spare just a few hours to help earthquake survivors, register online and come lend a hand! Volunteers across the country have already packed more than 10 million meals for Haiti, and we hope to prepare 1 million more this weekend with your help!

We are partnering with Navistar and will be holding the event at their 10400 W. North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL location.

For more information or to register for the event, visit The Salvation Army Chicago’s website at http://www.salarmychicago.org/volunteer/ or call 773-205-3636.

View the below video from Chicago’s WGN News for information about another Salvation Army and Numana Meals for Haiti event that took place recently in Elgin, IL.

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NSAW Fact of the Day: The Salvation Army on the Big Screen

Friday, May 14, 2010

NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK FACT OF THE DAY

Did You Know…?

The Salvation Army has been featured or mentioned in literally hundreds of Hollywood movies over the years – from classics like The 39 Steps and On the Waterfront to contemporary hits like Seabiscuit and Titanic.

The Salvation Army has been featured or mentioned in literally hundreds of Hollywood movies over the years – from classics like The 39 Steps and On the Waterfront to contemporary hits like Seabiscuit and Titanic.

Here are some events going on around the country this weekend as we wrap up National Salvation Army Week. Make plans to join us if you’re in the area:

* Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Tomorrow The Salvation Army is hosting The MOST Amazing Race, a fundraising event benefitting area family homeless shelters. The first team to finish this scavenger-hunt-like race (based off of the CBS show “The Amazing Race”) wins $1,000!
* San Diego, CA: The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center will hold a Free Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 15. Grab your parents, bring the kids, and come join!

* Pueblo, CO: Tomorrow The Salvation Army is hosting an open house block party for the community with games, food, and lots of fun!
* Houston, TX: The Salvation Army is holding their Talent Showcase on Saturday, May 15. We can’t wait to see these performances.
* San Francisco, CA: The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center will do a homeless outreach walk on Saturday and distribute donuts. Later that day they’ll host a time of fellowship and music when residents of the center will serve coffee and pastries to event goers. In the southern part of the city, The Salvation Army will host an Arts and Crafts Bazaar to raise funds for building water tanks in Africa.
* Salt Lake City, UT: Since the state legislature is recessed during Salvation Army Week, The Salvation Army will be hosting a lunch at the Capitol for elected leaders on Wednesday, May 19.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.

NSAW Fact of the Day: The Beatles’ Fond Memories of the Salvation Army

Thursday, May 13, 2010

NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK FACT OF THE DAY

Did You Know…?

In the 1966 Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” John Lennon refers to a Salvation Army orphanage called Strawberry Field in Woolton, England. Lennon is said to have played with childhood friends in the trees behind the orphanage when he was a boy. The facility closed in 2005.

In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.