In celebration of the 75th Annual National Donut Day, The Salvation Army is delivering donuts to their many supporters, partners, and volunteers throughout Indianapolis, and thanks to the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts there will be plenty of the tasty treats to go around.

Over 90 years ago a group of women from The Salvation Army went to care for American soldiers in France during World War I. These inventive women used the little resources they had to bring some hope to the frontlines. Sugar, flour, eggs, baking soda and powdered sugar were in their limited supply of goods. Not the right ingredients needed to create a feast, but rather a treat and gesture of kindness. They made doughnuts with these ingredients and passed them out with coffee among the soldiers, who started calling them the Doughnut Girls. The name stuck.  These women made history by introducing this otherwise unknown confection to the United States when the “Doughboys” returned from war.

The first National Donut Day was established in Chicago in 1938 to raise money for people in need during the Great Depression. The holiday has since been celebrated on the first Friday in June, as a way to commemorate the service of The Salvation Army’s Doughnut Girls and honor the memory of our soldiers.

The donut has become synonymous with The Salvation Army’s social services and continues to be a comfort food served by The Salvation Army to those in need during times of disaster.  Over a million dollars was raised this past spring to support the tornado survivors in Southern Indiana, a feat that would not have been possible without our amazing partners.

Today, The Salvation Army along with the Dunkin’ Donuts mascot will say thank you to all of the partners who make it possible for us to continue to meet needs in Central Indiana and throughout the state.  Check out our photo gallery and our YouTube channel later today to see the deliveries.