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Donuts and The Salvation Army...

Released 9 June 2014

Donut Day Bridgeport(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.

Donut Girl

In Providence, Rhode Island, Captain Kipp Allen distributed Entenmann’s donuts in front of Army Headquarters, downtown at 386 Broad Street.

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 Army."

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