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NEW Salvation Army celebrates National Doughnut Day in Spring Hope

Posted on June 12, 2022

Updated on June 13, 2022

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Amelia Harper, NEW Salvation Army director of community development, presents free doughnuts to Spring Hope Mayor Kyle Pritchard and  daughter Lucy at the Spring Hope Public Library on June 3, National Doughnut Day.

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Amelia Harper, NEW Salvation Army director of community development, presents free doughnuts to Spring Hope Mayor Kyle Pritchard and daughter Lucy at the Spring Hope Public Library on June 3, National Doughnut Day.

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Lucy, daughter of Spring Hope Mayor Kyle Pritchard, enjoys a free doughnut from the NEW Salvation Army on June 3, National Doughut Day.

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Lucy, daughter of Spring Hope Mayor Kyle Pritchard, enjoys a free doughnut from the NEW Salvation Army on June 3, National Doughut Day.

The NEW Salvation Army, which serves residents of Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties, celebrated National Doughnut Day in style June 3 by handing out 70 dozen free doughnuts to local law enforcement officers, government officials and some lucky residents of those counties.

Spring Hope Mayor Kyle Pritchard was among those who received a box of the sweet treats. Pritchard was surprised to learn of the connection between the Salvation Army and National Doughnut Day.

“I had no idea that the Salvation Army established National Doughnut Day,” Pritchard said. “My daughter just had her first doughnut yesterday, and she is already a fan.”

National Doughnut Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday of June. The Salvation Army established National Doughnut Day in 1938 to honor the Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who made history when they risked their lives to raise spirits and fuel hope by serving soldiers during World War I, in part by delivering thousands of doughnuts and other sweet treats each day to those in the war, according to a press release from Amelia Harper, the NEW Salvation Army’s director of community development.

In 1917, these Salvation Army volunteers traveled to France and set up makeshift huts on the front lines, where they provided essential goods and sweet treats to boost morale. The doughnut was then, and continues to be, a taste of home and a symbol of comfort for many Americans.

More than a hundred years later, The Salvation Army is still serving on the front lines, now through a wide range of social services for America’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

“This National Doughnut Day, as the country celebrates with a sweet treat, we are proud to remember that this tradition started with our very own volunteers more than a hundred years ago,” said Capt. Wayne Meads of the NEW Salvation Army. “For us, the doughnut is a symbol of the hope that the Salvation Army provides to those in need.”

For more information about National Doughnut Day or to download the Doughnut Lassies’ original recipe, visit salarmy.us/DonutDay.

The NEW Salvation Army helps residents overcome poverty, illiteracy, addiction and economic hardships through a wide range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, educational programs, rehabilitation services and clothing and shelter for people in need, the Salvation Army says it’s doing the most good at roughly 7,600 centers of operation around the country.

NEW stands for Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties.

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