The Salvation Army of Broward County will partner with Dunkin’ to honor local first responders and health care workers on Friday June 4 (which just so happens to be National Donut Day). To celebrate, Dunkin’ will supply hundreds of donuts to The Salvation Army to distribute to Broward County’s police officers, firefighters, and health care workers who have saved lives on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The Salvation Army will bring donuts to the Broward Sheriff’s Office (2601 West Broward Blvd.) at 9:30 a.m. and to the Broward Health Medical Center (1600 S. Andrews Ave.) at 10:30 a.m.
The Salvation Army’s work overseas during World War I actually led to the inception of National Donut Day in the United States. In 1938, The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the very first National Donut Day to honor The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies,” a troupe of brave women who traveled to France to provide emotional and spiritual support, supplies, and other services to American troops on the front lines of the war. The Lassies also provided fresh donuts and hot coffee to soldiers fighting in the trenches in order to raise their spirits and thank them for their service. The donut now serves as a symbol of the services and comfort The Salvation Army provides to more than 23 million people each year.