Released 9 June 2014
(Major Lydia Pearson delivering Entenmann’s donuts to Fire Department Headquarters.)
Donuts and The Salvation Army...
Go together just like Baseball, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet!
HARTFORD - Ever since World War I, The Salvation Army and
doughnuts have shared a common heritage. To honor that tradition, National
Donut Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday of June all across the
United States. This holiday was established in 1938 to honor the Salvation
Army’s "Donut Lassies," who served these sweet treats to soldiers during
World War I.
To celebrate "Donut Day," Entenmann’s has once again teamed up with
The Salvation Army in Southern New England through free donut give-a-ways in
Connecticut and Rhode Island. For example, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, an
Emergency Disaster Services vehicle was parked in front of the Margaret E.
Morton Government Center between 7:30 and 9:00 AM. Salvation Army Officers and
staff passed out donuts to City workers when they arrived at the office. Donuts
were also delivered to local fire, police, and criminal justice buildings for
all to enjoy.
In Providence, Rhode Island, Captain Kipp Allen distributed
Entenmann’s donuts in front of Army Headquarters, downtown at 386 Broad
Salvation Army Major Lydia Pearson, Bridgeport Corps Officer, said, "The
Salvation Army has a wonderful history of serving soldiers since the 1st World
War and donuts have been an important piece of that history. I have tasted some
donuts made from 'the original' recipe and I am happy to say today’s
donuts are better! We teamed up with Entenmann’s to give out free donuts
again this year at the Margaret E. Morton Government Center (formerly known as
City Hall Annex). I am happy that people stopped by and joined us for free
coffee and donuts and to learn a little more about Donut Day and The Salvation