GENESEE COUNTY — June 1 is National Donut Day, a “holey” day for sweets-lovers and an essential holiday for The Salvation Army.
In Genesee County, The Salvation Army has partnered with Walmart to celebrate the holiday by handing out free doughnuts and coffee from 7-9 a.m., June 1, at all area Walmart Stores in Genesee County.
The Salvation Army is often credited with bringing the donut to America. It all started on the battlefields of France during World War I when Salvation Army workers served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches, to help boost their spirits.
The resources were so limited; these clever women often fried the treats in the soldiers’ helmets. American GI’s loved the donuts. When they returned home, bakers in the United States quickly jumped in to meet the demand for them.
Celebrate The Salvation Army’s proud tradition, Emergency Disaster Services, Social Services and Outreach Efforts. To learn more about The Salvation Army Genesee/ Shiawassee Regional Command visit: www.salarmygenesee.org or follow us on Facebook at SalArmyGenesee.— G.G.