National Donut Day Began With The Salvation Army!

Serving Donuts

The Salvation Army donut lassies serving donuts.

The Salvation Army started National Donut Day in Chicago in 1938 during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.

During World War I, about 250 Salvation Army volunteers supported American troops by providing clothes, goods, and services. In response to limited food supply, Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance began frying donuts in helmets. This sweet tradition inevitably popularizing donuts in the US.

National Donut Day, the first Friday in June each year, commemorates the “donut lassies,” who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending, home-cooked meals, and donuts for soldiers on the front lines.


This year, National Donut Day falls on Friday, June 3rd.



Miguel “Chubby” Hines Jr, Volunteer Hero in West Baltimore

Chubby accepting award

BALTIMORE, MD (April 19, 2016) Miguel “Chubby” Hines Jr (3rd from left), accepting the Ultimate Volunteer award from The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square staff at the Compassion in Action Gala.

Miguel Hines Jr., commonly known as Chubby, has been a volunteer at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square for over twenty-five years. Not only is Chubby exceptional because of his passionate dedication to the program, but it is also miraculous that he manages to maintain a close relationship with the kids despite having a hearing and speech impairment.

Chubby started attending The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square when he was in elementary school. During this time, Chubby’s mother was also a volunteer at the club and had been for a few years. Upon graduating from Carroll Park High School, he continued to return to Franklin Square to provide services and has been volunteering ever since. Even Deonta Sweets, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square Director, remembers Chubby volunteering there when Sweets himself was a child.

Volunteers are a vital part of The Salvation Army because they help us provide critical needs to the community. Chubby has invested countless community service hours into the program. According to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square Program Coordinator David Petty, the main reason volunteers are so hard to come by is because most volunteers offer their services short-term, often with the expectation of gaining employment. Chubby on the other hand has volunteered at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club for years and has never even asked for a job application.

Like clockwork, Chubby catches a bus to arrive at the club by 1pm, Monday–Friday; not even inclement weather stops Chubby from showing up. Chubby walks across the street to Franklin Square Elementary and waits for the kids to get out of school so that he can safely escort them to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. Chubby plays games with the kids, performs maintenance work, ensures security, and assists with kid pick-up. Every day, Chubby stays until closing time and makes sure that everything from the bathrooms to the chairs is in perfect condition for the kids to use the next day. “Chubby does everything except answer the phone,” said Petty. Both Petty and Sweets emphasized that Chubby is an essential asset to the team and that the club would not be the same without him. “Chubby comes with the building,” said Sweets.

At this year’s Compassion in Action Gala, we want to give a special thanks to Chubby for his outstanding commitment and dedication to supporting the kids of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Franklin Square.


Under Armour Steps Up

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A cornerstone of the Baltimore business community, when Under Armour was looking for Christmas engagement opportunities, they turned to The Salvation Army of Central Maryland. Being new to the program, they started by committing to get gifts for 150 “angels,” but the commitment just kept growing.

They then scheduled 100 stockings and made a party of filling them. When all was said and done, with multiple calls and continued provision of more and more angels to meet employees’ demands, more than 300 angels received phenomenal gifts from Under Armour, in addition to the 100 stockings.