Lake County, IN (May 21, 2014) – The Salvation Army will commemorate the 77th annual National Donut Days on two consecutive weekends, Friday, May 30 – Saturday, May 31, and Friday, June 6 – Saturday, June 7. Salvation Army Donut Day volunteers will be throughout the Lake County area collecting donations and in turn giving coupons for six free donuts with the purchase of a dozen from, Strack & Van Til, Ultra Foods, Munster Donuts and Calumet Bakery. Donations to Donut Day will help support programs for area children, seniors, the homeless and families in need who are served by The Salvation Army.

The Donut Day holiday, observed nationally on the first Friday of June, was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies” who served the comforting treats to soldiers during World War I. This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide and helped popularize the donut in America after soldiers returned home.

As local residents enjoy a tasty treat for this year’s Donut Day, we ask everyone to remember the importance of giving back to their local community, our veterans, as well as their neighbors who are facing hunger, homelessness and crisis.

” The Donut Day tradition began on the battlefields of France during World War One, when Salvation Army workers went to the front to deliver spiritual aid and comfort to US soldiers and their allies and serve as a link between the soldiers and their families back home. Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches to bring them cheer.

Milford Christenson, president of Christenson Chevrolet in Highland, former Sergeant in the 87th Infantry Division during World War II and long-time donor to The Salvation Army, remembers when The Salvation Army helped him. “I remember pulling into Union Station with no more than five dollars in my pocket. The Salvation Army was waiting with donuts and care packages for anyone who served, not just the officers,” Christenson said. “The Salvation Army cares for the common man.”

Funds raised during Donut Days enable The Salvation Army to provide meals to the hungry, assist disaster victims, shelter the homeless and provide crisis assistance and support to people in need.  To make a donation please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text “DONUT” to 41444 to give $10 or go to

About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, has been supporting those in need, in His name, without discrimination for more than 130 years. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broad array of social services such as providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, and outreach to the elderly/ill, clothing, drug and alcohol recovery, shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information,

Contacts: Captain Rebecca Simmons at (219) 838-1328  or (219) 588-2501



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