The Sweetest Day of the Year, Made by The Salvation Army

June 4 is the sweetest day of the year. It’s National Donut Day! As people throughout the DMV celebrate the gooey goodness of donuts on June 4, many may not know that, unlike other fun holidays, Donut Day has a deeper meaning.

National Donut Day became a holiday thanks to The Salvation Army’s work during World War I. The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938, honoring the “Donut Lassies” who traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support, supplies, and other services to our troops on the front lines in France. The Lassies also provided fresh donuts and hot coffee to soldiers fighting in the trenches to raise their spirits and thank them for their service.

This year, thanks to a generous donation from local Krispy Kreme restaurants, The Salvation Army is sharing the sweet goodness of the donut through multiple activities. This is the first public celebration of National Donut Day in two years since no events were held during the height of the COVID pandemic last year. Below is a list of planned activities beginning Friday morning:

  • Armed Forces Retirement Home Visit (140 Rock Creek Church Rd., Washington, DC, 20011) 8:30-9:00 AM. This activity is to thank retired members of the Armed Forces who live on the campus of the retirement home. Salvation Army staff will deliver donuts, thanking them for the service to the nation, ahead of the facility’s weekly chapel service. This is happening outside of the chapel on the AFRH campus.
  • Salvation Army Social Services Walk-up Emergency Assistance (2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and at the Anacostia Metro Station) 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Salvation Army Staff is giving away donuts to anyone seeking emergency food or financial assistance. We are giving away non-perishable food, and offering assistance to southeast DC residents that are seeking help to pay overdue utility bills or past due.
  • Donut Day Corporate Visits (all day) Salvation Army staff is delivering donuts to multiple community partners throughout the day. Planned stops include Lustine Toyota in Woodbridge, Burke and Herbert Bank in Alexandria, Crest Advanced Cleaners locations, and Interstate Moving Logistics in Springfield.
    • Lustine donated $24,000 to The Salvation Army in Prince William County. The funds are proceeds from a promotion in the month of May and will be used to feed families seeking help.
      Burke and Herbert Bank and Crest Advanced Cleaners sponsored last winter’s coat drive. Together, they collected and cleaned over 4,000 gently worn coats that were given away to families in need.
  • Interstate Moving Logistics has donated reefer refrigerated trailers for use throughout the COVID pandemic. Interstate also performs toy pick-up and delivery during the Angel Tree Christmas program each year.

Donut Day deliveries are also planned for the Turning Point Center (transitional living facility for young mothers with kids) and Harbor Light Center (residential substance use treatment facility)

Salvation Army National Area Commander, Major Mark Woodcock, said, “From the front lines of World War I right through today, the donut continues to serve as a symbol of the comfort, hope, and our continuing commitment to serving the community. We assist those most in need all year. Thanks to community partners and donors, we assisted nearly 51,000 people across the DMV last year.”

“We want to give special thanks to our retired veterans for their service to the nation, and to our friends at Krispy Kreme for generously donating donuts to The Salvation Army for National Donut Day,” Major Woodcock said.

Photos from the day will be posted to our Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, and Twitter pages, which can be found at SalArmyNCA.

Celebrating National Salvation Army Week

The Salvation Army is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since the 1880s, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help those in need from our community, every day of the year, assisting individuals and families who may find themselves in crisis, providing shelter to those experiencing homelessness, feeding the hungry, and much more.

Back in 1954, the week of November 28-December 4 was declared by the United States Congress and proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be the first National Salvation Army Week, as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves. In his speech, President Eisenhower said:

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness, and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

National Salvation Army Week is now recognized in the month of May.

In the USA in 2020 the organization provided more than 155 million meals between March and September alone, 1.6 million nights of COVID shelter, 6.6 million food boxes, and emotional and spiritual care to 857,000 people. With more than 7,500 centers of operation in the U.S., The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to meet needs in Jesus’ name, without discrimination – wherever it exists.

“National Salvation Army Week presents a wonderful opportunity for us to let the community know more about the work of The Salvation Army in the nation’s capital region,” said Major Mark A. Woodcock, Area Commander of The Salvation Army. “The last year has been very challenging as we have all dealt with the ongoing pandemic. The Salvation Army has experienced heightened need during this time and has been privileged to support so many in our community. We want to recognize and celebrate the partners, supporters, and volunteers who make the ministry of the Army possible and invite everyone to join us as we celebrate National Salvation Army Week.”

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command serves Washington, D.C., city of Alexandria, Virginia, as well as Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. In total, The Salvation Army works 132 countries around the world.


Help your neighbors in need by creating a Red Shield Care Box from the safety of your own home. The Salvation Army is continuing to accept your in-kind donations multiple no-contact drop off locations across the DC region. Here is a list of the most critically needed items:

Non-perishable foods

Gift Cards to the local grocery store

Socks, hats, gloves, toiletries

Diapers, baby wipes

Sanitizing Supplies

You may drop off your donations Monday–Friday from 9 am-4 pm at the locations listed below. Please leave donated goods outside the front door and call or text 202-345-2238, indicating the location where you are. We check for drop-offs regularly, too.

• 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW
• 2300 MLK Jr. Avenue, SE
• 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown*
• 4825 Edmonston Avenue, Hyattsville
• 1804 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria
• 518 South Glebe Road, Arlington
• 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax*
• 1483 Old Bridge Rd, Ste 102, Woodbridge

Note that donations can also be shipped to any address above if preferred. Download our Create a Red Shield Box sheet by clicking HERE.

Welcome, New Officers!

Majors Mark and Rhea Dawn Woodcock, Area Commanders for The Salvation Army, are pleased to announce recent promotions and appointments affecting Corps Officers stationed throughout the National Capital Region.  (Formerly Captain) Srikant Bhatnagar was promoted to major in The Salvation Army. Major Bhatnagar has been in The Salvation Army for over 15 years. He and his wife, Captain Indrani Bhatnagar, are the Corps Officers of the Sherman Avenue Corps located in Northwest Washington.

Lieutenants George and Ruby Keith were promoted to Captains. They are the Corps Officers at the Prince George’s County Corps in Hyattsville, Maryland. Captains Keith marked their fifth year of Salvation Army officership and their second year at the Prince George’s County Corps.

Previously, Captains Kelly and Regina Durant were promoted to majors in The Salvation Army. Majors Durant were recently appointed to be Corps Officers at the Prince William County Corps located in Woodbridge, Virginia. As missionaries, the Durants spent several years in South America. They entered The Salvation Army Training College in 2004 and became commissioned officers in 2005.

Captains Timothy and Grace Jo were recently appointed to The Salvation Army Montgomery County Corps, located in Germantown, Maryland. Captains Timothy and Grace joined the Salvation Army in 2006, bringing with them a love of God and classical music. After being called to ministry, the husband and wife duo spent two years at The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth (training) College in Atlanta, Georgia, where they graduated in 2014. The Captains were previously appointed to locations in Richmond and Waynesboro, Virginia. They have been married for 23 years and have three children.

Majors Woodcock ask for you to pray for all of the Officers across the Washington, DC region, as they fulfull The Salvation Army’s mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination. With the guidance of these new promotions and placements, the Salvation Army will be able to continue its commitment to Christ and the community.