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Grand Rapids, MI (WOODTV) - Friday was national donut day, and the Salvation Army celebrated by delivering 2,000 donuts to over 50 organizations around Grand Rapids, that were nominated for doing the most good. Locals included our own WOOD TV8, St. Mary's Hospital and The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
The Salvation Army is widely credited with popularizing the donut by feeding Allied soldiers the tasty confection on the front lines in France during World War I.
National Donut Day was first celebrated in Chicago in 1938 to help the needy during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of The Salvation Army "doughnut lassies" who served soldiers during World War I. The first Friday in June each year marks an important date in American food history and raises awareness for the critical services that The Salvation Army provides to those in need each day.
"In Kent County, over ten thousand individuals received emergency food assistance last year – so there's no better way to highlight our work than by celebrating a great American food," said Major Bob Mueller, Kent County Coordinator. "While everyone enjoys a donut during Donut Day, we hope they'll also think about giving back to those less fortunate," Captain Mueller added.
Locally, The Salvation Army provides vital human services to those in housing crisis, assistance with utility and other critical expenses, care and support for young teen parents, rehabilitation for those struggling with addictions, recreational and character building programs for youth and adults along with a variety of programs offered to Kent County residents every day.
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