6,000 Free Donuts in honor of National Donut Day

This Friday, June 3 beginning at 7:00 am until they run out, The Salvation Army is giving away more than 6,000 FREE donuts at 5 Metrorail stops in downtown DC during the morning rush to celebrate National Donut Day. Stop by and grab a tasty treat on your way to work!

Metrorail locations for FREE Donuts on June 3:

Capital South
First & C Sts. SE

Metro Center
NE corner 12th and G Sts. NW

Foggy Bottom
NW corner 23rd & I Sts. NW

L’Enfant Plaza
Exit – D St. between 6th & 7th Sts.

Union Station
East side of First St., NE and entrance to Amtrak Terminal
(under pavilion, In front of Metro Escalator outside of Chipotle)

About National Donut Day

The Salvation Army first celebrated the first National Donut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help the
needy during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who
served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during World War I. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods.
After discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers.
Nicknamed “donut lassies,” the women who served donuts to troops are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops (nicknamed “doughboys”) returned home from war.
The donut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves donuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

National Donut Day occurs on the first Friday of June.


The Women of The Salvation Army: Catherine Booth

March is Women’s History Month. Throughout the rest of the month, we will be uplifting the accomplishments of many remarkable women whose hard work and influence has played a significant role in the good work performed daily by The Salvation Army.

Catherine Booth

Catherine Booth, known as the “Mother of The Salvation Army”. She worked along side of her husband, William Booth, as founded The Salvation Army in London, England in 1865. Catherine Booth paved the way for women for taking a more active role in society and the church and she believed in the social equality of men and women.  Catherine Booth was commitment to The Salvation Army and her role as an advocate for social reform. She was truly an inspiration to woman then, and now.


Divisional and Regional Headquarters will Remain in DC

The Salvation Army announced plans to keep its National Capital and Virginia Division and National Capital Area Command headquarters offices where they currently are – at 2626 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in downtown Washington, DC.  The announcement came earlier this week by the new Divisional Commander, Lt. Colonel Mark H. Israel, during an employee assembly.

“The Salvation Army has been approached several times within the last two years about selling this property,” said Lt. Col. Mark Israel. “While we carefully evaluated each inquiry, after much consideration, we determined it was in The Salvation Army’s best interests to keep our headquarters right where they are.”

“This is welcome news,” said National Capital Area Commander Major Lewis R. Reckline, who noted that several factors went into the decision to stay at our Foggy Bottom location.  “We believe maintaining our headquarters within the District of Columbia is the right thing to do. The Salvation Army history in the nation’s capital is strong. It’s a relationship that dates back about 135 years.”

Major Reckline also noted that staying in the District of Columbia is mutually beneficial for both, the National Capital Area Command and National Capital and Virginia Division, since the two share office space. Approximately 60 employees and officers work out the five-story office building located in the Foggy Bottom section of the city.

“We are grateful to have a strong presence here in the nation’s capital and for the support we receive from the community every day,” said Major Reckline. “The Salvation Army feeds and shelters those individuals and families in the most need.”