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‘Donuts Do Good’: Salvation Army continues sweet tradition

SALVATION ARMY Advisory Council members Michelle Martens and Mike Floriano deliver a special thank-you Friday on National Donut Day to the Iron Mountain Post Office. From left are Martens, Michele Gregorich, Adrienne Rostad, Steve Schaut and Floriano. The postal carriers host an annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive that collected more than 6,000 pounds for the pantry this year. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

KINGSFORD — National Donut Day is celebrated annually — a day tied to the Salvation Army dating back to close to a century.

The Salvation Army of Dickinson County, Bread of Life Assistance Center continued the sweet tradition Friday by delivering “Donuts Do Good” baskets in the area.

The non-profit established the first National Donut Day in 1938 as a tribute to the 250 Salvation Army volunteers, known as the “Donut Lassies,” who traveled overseas to provide emotional support, as well as fried confections, supplies and other services to troops on the front lines during World War I.

Each year on the first Friday in June, the local

Salvation Army makes special visits to those who have helped them carry on their mission of providing services to those individuals and families in need.

THE SALVATION ARMY of Dickinson County, Bread of Life Assistance Center Director Tara Coss, right, and Case Manager Jennifer Witte prepare boxes for National Donut Day. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

“It’s a way of saying ‘thank you,’ as well as to honor and celebrate the hard work of the ‘Donut Lassies,'” Salvation Army Director Tara Coss said.

This year, they delivered more than 300 donuts, along with a variety of treats in dozens of “goody boxes.”

She expressed her appreciation to Walmart, which donated 200 donuts.

“We can’t do this alone,” she said. “Their dedication to those they serve and our community is greatly appreciated.”

Over the years, the event has evolved to more than just local first responders. “In this work, we connect with so many individuals, businesses or agencies that provide the assistance to be able to keep doing what we do,” Coss said.

Blagec said next year they may host a kettle fundraiser event, in addition to their deliveries.

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