75th National Donut Day


 Free donuts to military personnel help commemorate The Salvation Army “Donut Lassies”

(Atlanta, May 31, 2012) On Friday, June 1st, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command will celebrate the 75th National Donut Day by distributing Krispy Kreme donuts to military personnel at the USO (United Service Organizations) Center inside the Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

National Donut Day was established in 1938 to commemorate the work of The Salvation Army “Donut Lassies.” The Donut Lassies are widely credited with popularizing the donut in the United States by feeding American soldiers the tasty treat during World War I. National Donut Day marks an important time in American History and raises awareness for The Salvation Army’s hunger relief programs that continue throughout Metro Atlanta.

“This year we are honored to celebrate National Donut Day with the USO of Georgia by replicating the donut lassies clever idea. A Salvation Army volunteer will dress up as a ‘donut lassie’ and hand out Krispy Kreme donuts to military personnel arriving and departing from the USO Center inside the Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport,” says Major Marshall Gesner, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander. “This is just one of the many ways that The Salvation Army recognizes the men and women that put their lives on the line to fight for our country each day.”

The Salvation Army joined the USO back in 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested that private organizations be responsible for handling the on-leave recreational needs of the U.S. armed forces, thus leading six organizations, (The Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board) to form the USO.

The United Service Organizations is a not for profit organization whose only mission is to serve the men, women and families of our Country’s military personnel and families. The USO lifts the spirits of our troops and military families.

Salvation Army workers continue to care for and comfort thousands of people each day who battle hunger around the world and here in Metro Atlanta. “Last year alone, The Salvation Army provided 144,335 meals to the poor and hungry throughout Metro Atlanta,” said Major Marshall Gesner.

To find out more about The Salvation Army “donut lassies” or to make a donation to The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command, visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org. For more information about the United Service Organizations, visit www.usogeorgia.org.