National Donut Day Friday June 3rd, 2016…Serving Our Heroes Again

National Donut Day…Serving Our Heroes Again 

The Salvation Army Celebrating At The VA Hospital

& VA Nursing Homes 


Each year on the first Friday in June, National Donut Day honors Salvation Army Donut Lassies, dubbed Donut Girls or “Doughnut Dollies”, who made fresh, complementary donuts in the trenches for American soldiers serving in France during World War I. Two Lassies named Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought to fry the donuts, made from the limited ingredients available, in soldiers’ helmets. These are reported to have been an “instant hit”, and “soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts”. Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers traveled overseas during WWI to set up these service “huts” located in abandoned buildings near the front lines. In addition to serving donuts, the Donut Girls also provided writing supplies and stamps, spiritual support, and offered a clothes-mending service to the soldiers in battle. Donuts became synonymous with Salvation Army and American WWI vets who were returning home with the nickname “Doughboys.”

The Salvation Army will serve our military veterans donuts, once again, this Friday, June 3rd, 2016 at the VA Hospital and Ussery-Roan Nursing Home.  The first location to deliver donuts will be the Community Living Center (VA Nursing Home off 9th) from 10:00am-11:00am.  Then, we will migrate from room to room to deliver donuts.  And finally, we will visit the Ussery-Roan Veteran’s Nursing Home on Tascosa Rd. from 11:00 am-11:30am.  A Donut Lassie will be our guest donut server as we talk and share donuts with some of the most important people in our community, our veterans.

            For more information about The Salvation Army programs, services, or to volunteer please call our main office at (806)373-6631 or visit Secure donations can be made online at                                                  or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (Specify Amarillo).

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.