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Doughnut Girl Story

In honor of the Salvation Army Doughnut Girls and National Doughnut Day we are pleased to offer this special Salvation Army Gift Set for a limited time at a very special price*.

10% of all Proceeds donated to The Salvation Army, East Stroudsburg, PA

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Proud to Honor the Salvation Army “Doughnut Girls” of WWI!

The Doughnut Story

Since the first time a cheerful Salvation Army lassie handed a fresh doughnut to a homesick soldier, this simple, homemade treat has become a symbol of “comfort” food in a way you may not know.
In 1917, young Helen Purviance, an ensign in the Salvation Army, was sent to France to help American soldiers in battle during the First World War. Their assignment was to offer comfort to homesick soldiers. With little to work with, she and a fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon decided that a little taste of homemade “goodness” could help nourish not only the soldier’s stomachs – but their hearts too. No proper “tools” on hand that first day, the women used an ordinary bottle as a rolling pin to make the first war-time doughnut. Soon the tempting aroma reminding them of “home” drew a long line of soldiers standing in mud and rain, patiently waiting their turn.

They could serve only 150 doughnuts the first day. The next day, that number was doubled. A while later, when fully equipped, they fried some 2500 to 9000 doughnuts daily, as did other young women along the front-line trenches.

Today, the Salvation Army offer is renowned for offering “comfort” to people all over the world, from recreation facilities to family counseling. But during every sort of emergency— fires, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes—Salvation Army mobile canteens still provide the doughnuts, which stand for the Salvationist’s loving concern and readiness to help, to thousands of families in need.

After learning how these courageous young women founded this wonderful tradition, we hope it will inspire YOU to find a way to change the world using kindness and your imagination!

“Be the change you want to see in the world...” -Gandhi