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Day Dedicated to Doughnuts Has Back Story

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A day dedicated to doughnuts.

The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts partnered for National Doughnut Day today to raise awareness about Salvation Army and it's services to the Nashville community. Salvation Army officers will be at Krispy Kreme at 2103 Elliston Place, from 8 - 10 am today, passing out free doughnuts to customers while supplies last.

Krispy Kreme customers will also have the opportunity to learn more about how The Salvation Army helps those in need.

Did you know, National Doughnut Day was established in 1938 by The Salvation Army to raise funds for its social service programs during the Great Depression? The first Friday in June commemorates the "doughnut lassies," female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending, home-cooked meals, and of course, doughnuts and coffee, for soldiers on the front lines. Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.   

The store manager of the Elliston Place Krispy Kreme will also provide doughnuts for The Salvation Army's Friday night soup wagon that takes place each Friday underneath the Jefferson Street Bridge. The Salvation Army serves 200-400 meals a week to those who are hungry and on the street in Nashville.


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