Get Ready for National Doughnut Day

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Chocolate, glazed, strawberry with sprinkles, jelly filled, Bavarian crème, French cruller, powdered sugar, blueberry cake…

What kind of doughnut will you choose in celebration of National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 4, 2010? Since the day does only come once a year, maybe a sampling of several flavors is in order.

As you think about which tasty pastries will make the cut, think about this: did you know National Doughnut Day originated with The Salvation Army?

The Salvation Army first celebrated it in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. The special day also served as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.

Not Familiar with the Story of Salvation Army Doughnut Girls?

Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during World War I.

As our young 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 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.

The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”

Visit our blog tomorrow for a list of fun Salvation Army National Doughnut Day celebrations taking place across the country, as well as our original doughnut recipe!

Now Serving in 121 Nations

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

As of today, June 1, The Salvation Army is officially serving in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), bringing the total number of nations in which we operate to 121.

The Salvation Army is developing relationships with members of the government, diplomatic and legal communities in the UAE. Together with the formation of an advisory board, these steps will help ensure that The Salvation Army becomes part of daily life in the Middle East.

Less than two years ago The Salvation Army began its work in nearby Kuwait. Before the UAE, the most recent nation to which the Army expanded its work was Nicaragua.We’re encouraged by the growing opportunities we have to serve those in need all over the world!

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! As we recognize those who gave their lives in service to our nation, do you plan to participate in any events taking place around your community? The Salvation Army will be out and about, so make plans to join us!

Here are just a few of the many ways The Salvation Army will be serving others and recognizing Memorial Day:

San Francisco Bay Area, California – Since 1924, The Salvation Army has held an annual Memorial Day service at Cypress Lawn to honor our fallen soldiers. They will continue the tradition this Sunday, when they’ll remember service members with song, prayer, scripture, and an inspirational message. Click here for more info on this and other area events.

Nashville, Tennessee – Member s of the community are invited to honor veterans and their families at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day, where food and beverages will be served throughout the day. Visitors are welcome to share their war and Salvation Army service stories.

Davenport, Iowa – The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will take members of its recovery program for a fun day at the county park, where they’ll be able to relax with their families and grill out. Plus, members of the Salvation Army’s Des Moines ARC will also join and challenge Davenport in a friendly game of softball.

Kodiak, Alaska – During the annual Kodiak Crab Festival, The Salvation Army will team up with the local fire department to serve delicious homemade doughnuts to festival attendees. They estimate that they’ll make and serve about 1,500 doughnuts!

Seattle, Washington – On Saturday and Sunday The Salvation Army will sponsor a community volunteer event at the State Convention Center to pack a million meals for Haiti earthquake survivors. Just a few hours of your time can make a huge difference for those in need. Follow the link to volunteer: http://salvationarmynw.org/haiti/ .

Kids Gone Fishin’ at Kroc Center

Thursday, May 27, 2010

With nets in-hand, more than a dozen students from Grand Rapids, Michigan schools will assist in the transfer of approximately 4,250 live fish from a portable semi-trailer tank to a “Fishin’ Hole” located in the center of Grand Rapids’ soon-to-be-open Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center’s campus. The release will include 200 Bluegills, 50 Perch and 4,000 minnows. When open, the “Fishin’ Hole” will provide those young and young-at-heart an opportunity to try their luck at catching the “big one” right in the heart of the city.

What a great way to get people in the mood for summer and encourage kids to get excited about fishing, especially if they’ve never had an opportunity to try it before!

In addition to fishing, families and individuals will have plenty to keep themselves entertained and active when the Kroc Center opens in October. Covering more than 20 acres, the center will provide programming and opportunities in the areas of Arts and Music, Education, Health and Wellness, Recreation and Worship. For more information about the Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, visit www.grkroccenter.org.

Additional information about The Salvation Army’s many Kroc Centers can be found here or on our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.