National Donut Day: The Salvation Army delivers sweet treats to first responders

Jun 5, 2023

The Salvation Army celebrated National Donut Day on Friday, June 2 with a sweet treat for hundreds of first responders throughout the Twin Cities.

More than a dozen of our Emergency Disaster Services staff and volunteers hand-delivered donuts to 70 metro area police and fire stations as a thank you for their service to the community.

Our disaster teams work closely with first responders and provide food, water, emotional and spiritual care, and other services when fires, floods, tornadoes, and other disasters strike. 

Among the donut recipients was the fire station in the City of Fridley, where Fire Chief Maddison Zikmund (pictured) and his crew received three boxes of donuts.  

“We’re very thankful for The Salvation Army,” Zikmund said. “Firefighters appreciate The Salvation Army’s service when we’re two, three, four hours into a call when they haven’t eaten, or they need a break for their own health and safety.”

The Salvation Army started National Donut Day in 1938 to commemorate the work of “Donut Girls” – female Salvation Army volunteers who served American soldiers battling on the frontlines of war. 

Today, the donut serves as a symbol of the comfort The Salvation Army provides to those in need, thanks to our generous donors and volunteers. Last year, our disaster staff and volunteers served at more than 8,400 disaster sites around the country. 

“Certainly, National Donut Day is a celebrated part of The Salvation Army’s history,” said Lt. Colonel Dan Jennings, Salvation Army Northern Division commander. “It’s also an opportunity to show our appreciation to the many everyday heroes and first responders who work selflessly to help others in times of great need.”

Are you Down for the Challenge? You can support The Salvation Army’s efforts to fight homelessness by donating to or participating in our Down for the Challenge urban rappelling event with the Minnesota Vikings. This adrenaline-pumping event takes place July 28-29 at the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel during Vikings training camp.

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