The Salvation Army is often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States. During World War I and II, The Salvation Army served doughnuts - often cooked in battle helmets - to U.S. troops in the field. Many soldiers came back to the States hooked on the pastries.
The sweet treats were not the reason The Salvation Army workers were in the fighting zones. Those men and women were there primarily to give spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldier and his allies. They were there to be a link with home and family.
Though the world wars have come and gone, The Salvation Army workers continue to care for and comfort thousands of people each day who battle hunger around the world and here in the Carolinas. To find out more information on The Salvation Army programs in your area here, click here.