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On National Donut Day, Salvation Army to honor medical workers, veterans

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PHOENIX — For this year’s National Donut Day, the Salvation Army will be honoring health care workers, first responders and veterans.

On Friday, the Salvation Army will deliver donuts and thank these groups of people, the organization said in a press release.

Additionally, Bashas’ will donate 10% of its donut sales on Friday to the Salvation Army.

This is a continuation of the annual tradition for the Salvation Army that has gone back to World War I.

During the war, about 250 volunteers known as the “Donut Lassies” traveled to France to help soldiers and bake and deliver donuts.

Fried seven at a time using only basic ingredients and dusted with powdered sugar, the Smithsonian says it improved morale and helped relations between the armed forces and the Salvation Army.

The Smithsonian cites Teddy Roosevelt’s son Theodore Jr. saying “Before the war I felt that the Salvation Army was composed of a well-meaning lot of cranks. Now what help I can give them is theirs.”

More than 100 years later, the Salvation Army is continuing its tradition of handing out donuts.

“The Salvation Army has always been a beacon of hope and healing for those fighting for good,” Lt. Colonel Kelly Pontsler, commander of The Salvation Army Southwest Division, said in a statement.

“We thank those who are keeping our country healthy, safe, and fed during the coronavirus pandemic and other emergency situations.”

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