1,000 volunteers needed for National Donut Day in Twin Cities

May 4, 2021

The Twin Cities Salvation Army needs 1,000 volunteers to help us celebrate National Donut Day on Friday, June 4.

Those who volunteer will have one simple task: Deliver a free box of donuts to someone you love or appreciate, such as a neighbor, teacher, veteran, first responder, church member, or someone else who makes our world a better place. You will also receive a free box of donuts for yourself. Sign up to volunteer now.

“The purpose of this activity is to honor our volunteers and to show appreciation for those who are making a positive impact in our communities during these difficult times,” said Lt. Col. Dan Jennings, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “The Salvation Army created National Donut Day more than 80 years ago to honor those who serve our country, and we are proud to continue that tradition.”

Donuts will be available for pickup June 4 from 7–9 a.m. at Salvation Army locations in Blaine, Burnsville, Roseville, and St. Paul. Exact addresses will be provided when you sign up to volunteer.

Donut Day History

The Salvation Army started National Donut Day in 1938 to help people during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of “Donut Girls” – female Salvation Army volunteers who served American soldiers battling on the frontlines of World War I. 

The Donut Girls made and served thousands of donuts a day for U.S. troops, often using empty wine bottles as rolling pins, and tin cans as cutters. In addition to frying donuts, the women prayed with the soldiers, helped them write letters, mended their clothes, and more. 

The Donut Girls quickly became a symbol of hope and comfort for their efforts to ease the hardship of war-torn American troops fighting in France. Today, the donut serves as a symbol of the comfort that The Salvation Army provides to those in need. 

Recent Stories

Related Content: Volunteering

Get Involved
Share Your Story

We would love to hear about your experience with The Salvation Army.

Share My Story


A gift to The Salvation Army helps someone in your community.

Give Now



Do Good in your community

Find Worship

Join us throughout the week for worship, fellowship, Bible study, meals, community service and fun.