Do you have a first responder, a healthcare professional, a teacher, a veteran, or a nice neighbor who may benefit from a doughnut?
The Salvation Army Northern Division is calling for registered volunteers to help deliver a dozen doughnuts to their “local hero” of choice on June 3, which is National Donut Day. Cub Foods has given 12,000 doughnuts, which may be picked up at one of six Salvation Army sites in the metro area.
The event drew slightly under 700 volunteers last year. The target for this year is 1,000 people. Doughnut delivery volunteers must first register at SalvationArmyNorth.org/free-donuts.
“The volunteer makes the decision,” said Dan Furry, a spokesperson for the Salvation Army Northern Division. “We began doing this last year, and it was a huge success. Every year on Donut Day, we’ll probably do that.”
Why doughnuts, specifically? The Salvation Army’s “donut lassies” distributed morale-boosting doughnuts, coffee, and other treats to soldiers stationed near the front lines of World War I in France in 1938. The 3rd of June was designated as a national holiday in honor of their delicious devotion to American troops who came home craving the fried treats.
Returning troops were dubbed “doughboys” for their voracious appetites, and the doughnut became popular in postwar America.