donutGirlFriday is National Donut Day, and we’re celebrating you!

The Salvation Army in Indianapolis wants to show its appreciation to the many generous donors, partners and volunteers who help us do the most good in our community every day.  To show this appreciation, The Salvation Army is offering a free donut this Friday for National Donut Day.  The public is welcome to visit The Salvation Army Canteen starting at 7 a.m. on Monument Circle to get a donut and a  cup of coffee until supplies run out.  The donuts will be provided by the new Indianapolis location of Square Donuts.

“The Salvation Army created National Donut Day,” said Mike O’Leary of Square Donuts. “Being in the donut business, Square Donuts wants to be involved as a participant in such an important cause and part of national history.”

The first National Donut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who helped make the donut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers during World War I. The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname “doughboys.”

Last year — through the generosity of Central Indiana donors — The Salvation Army served more than 2,300 people struggling with substance abuse, provided more than 101,000 safe nights of shelter for women and children fleeing domestic abuse and homelessness, served more than 500,000 meals to men, women and children who were hungry, and provided a safe environment for hundreds of area children to go after school.

So come out, and grab a donut and cup of coffee!

Can’t make it to the Circle Friday? We’ll also serve coffee and donuts at 6:30 a.m. Thursday at our Divisional Headquarters, 3100 North Meridian Street.