Staff and volunteers honor historic roots and serve donuts to Veterans in Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama (May 31, 2018) – As many people celebrate National Donut Day, it’s important to remember that the warm, delicious treat also serves as a symbol of hope. Started by The Salvation Army on the first Friday in June in 1938, National Donut Day was created to honor the Donut Lassies who served the sweet treats to soldiers on the frontlines of World War I.
“Armed with a helmet, rolling pins and donut ingredients, the Donut Lassies provided the soldiers a piece of home from the front lines of the war in eastern France,” said Major Roger Glick, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham. “The donut was and continues to be a symbol of the comfort and support that The Salvation Army provides to more than 23 million people in need each year. We are honored to serve our local Veterans donuts to celebrate the day.”
To commemorate the work that the Donut Lassies started in 1917 and to demonstrate the impact of a small token of kindness, The Salvation Army will deliver thousands of donuts around the country on National Donut Day, June 1, 2018. In Birmingham, donuts will be served:
- Birmingham VA Hospital – 700 South 19th Street, Birmingham, AL 35233 (Outside Main Entrance)
- 9:00 AM – Salvation Army Volunteers will serve donuts to Veterans at the main entrance of the hospital
The Heavenly Donut Co., is giving away a free donut to every customer from 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM and will give a free coffee to active military members and veterans. In honor of The Salvation Army’s National Donut Day, they are hosting a food drive to help stock the pantry shelves in order to help meet the increased demand for food assistance that is experienced during the summer months in Birmingham. Items such as canned vegetables, fruits and meats, as well as rice, pasta and dried beans are needed. The Heavenly Donut Co. is located at 4911 Cahaba River Road, Suite 105, Birmingham, AL 35243.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 119 years in Birmingham, Alabama. In the U.S. more than 23 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.