Joy in a Donut

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 7, 2019) – The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army celebrated National Donut Day on Friday, June 7 during disaster relief efforts.   As canteens (mobile feeding units) were loaded with meals, hydration, and snacks, they also received donuts to hand out to flood survivors, volunteers, and those assisting in the affected neighborhoods

American Salvation lassies set sail for France on August 12, 1917, determined to bring comfort to the soldiers in the rain-soaked trenches of France.  The thought was some real home cooking might help.  Unfortunately, most of the supplies had run out, except some flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, cinnamon, and canned milk.  They had everything they needed to make donuts!

It was only a matter of time and a Salvation Army “Lassie” handed the first freshly cooked donut to a homesick doughboy.   Word spread quickly “If you’re hungry or broke, you can go get something to eat at The Salvation Army.  Before too long, 2,500 – 9,000 donuts a day were served to troops on the front lines.  Donuts have been served to servicemen and servicewomen ever since.  

Friday provided a unique opportunity to serve donuts on our modern-day front lines during disaster services.  The difference is those working on the front lines in Arkansas and Oklahoma are doing muck-out and clean-up after devastating floods.

Donut Lassies have been remembered for showing compassion to thousands of troops.  To this day, donuts symbolize The Salvation Army’s readiness to help in times of need in whatever way they can.  Even in the most difficult of circumstances, donuts were handed out today by crews who were there to offer a piece of joy in the form of a donut.  To learn more about the history of National Donut Day, visit

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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