BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Did you know that The Salvation Army is credited for bringing the donut to the United States? It's true!
The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast Area Command is celebrating the 76th annual National Donut Day on June 6, 2014, with several Gulf Coast donut shops:
Biloxi Visitors Center: The Salvation Army canteen will be parked outside and we will be handing out FREE donuts, coffee, and hot chocolate from 8 – 10 AM.
Carmelita's Donuts & Such, D'Iberville: Stop by to donate to The Salvation Army Red Kettle and get a free glazed donut! Carmelita's is also donating donuts to The Salvation Army to give away to the community.
Krispy Kreme, Gulfport: Receive a free glazed donut just for stopping by. Plus, a Salvation Army kettle will be on site for donations. Krispy Kreme is also donating donuts to The Salvation Army to give away to the community.
Dunkin Donuts, Biloxi: Receive a free donut with beverage purchase. Plus, a Salvation Army kettle will be on site for donation. Dunkin Donuts is also donating donuts to The Salvation Army to give away to the community.
The Salvation Army volunteers will also hand out donuts to local businesses, at The Kroc Center in Biloxi, The Family Store in Gulfport, and at its Area Command office in Gulfport.
The Salvation Army is widely credited with popularizing the donut in the United States by feeding American soldiers the tasty confection during World War I. Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, with The Salvation Army, came up with the idea of frying donuts in soldiers' helmets near the front lines as a quick treat. The ladies who made and served the donuts were called "doughnut lassies."
The donuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning "doughboys." National Donut Day was first celebrated in Chicago in 1938 to help the needy during the Great Depression and honor the work of the "donut lassies" who served soldiers during the War.
Today, the first Friday in June each year marks an important date in American food history and raises awareness for the critical services that The Salvation Army provides to those in need each day.
In addition to clothing, shelter and financial assistance, The Salvation Army provides some 70 million meals, including donuts, to millions of Americans each year. Even during a disaster, such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood, the Army provides coffee and donuts to survivors and emergency responders who need support during a critical time.
More information about National Donut Day and The Salvation Army's service programs in more than 5,000 areas nationwide is available online at www.salvationarmymscoast.org