The Salvation Army Serves Soldiers at Fort Campbell on National Donut Day

Jul 7, 2023 | by Eric Short

Fort Campbell, KY– In a heartwarming display of support and appreciation for the brave men and women serving in the military, The Salvation Army of Clarksville teamed up with the USO at Fort Campbell to celebrate National Donut Day on Friday, June 2. Soldiers from the renowned 101st Airborne Division were treated to 30 dozen delicious donuts and steaming cups of coffee following their morning physical training (PT).

National Donut Day, which falls annually on the first Friday of June, has a rich history intertwined with The Salvation Army. The tradition began during World War I when The Salvation Army ‘Donut Lassies’ would provide freshly-made donuts to American soldiers stationed on the front lines in France. These treats served as a symbol of hope and comfort, bringing a taste of home to the troops in challenging times.

Major Kati Chase, the Salvation Army Corps Officer in Clarksville, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to carry on the legacy of the Donut Lassies and serve the soldiers at Fort Campbell. She remarked, “It is an honor for us to be able to extend our appreciation and support to the men and women who selflessly serve our country. The Salvation Army has a long-standing history of assisting those in need, and today we’re privileged to show our gratitude by serving donuts and coffee to these courageous soldiers.”

The collaboration between The Salvation Army and the USO at Fort Campbell further strengthens the bond between these two organizations and the military community. Eva Nicol, Programs Manager at the USO Fort Campbell, spoke about the significance of partnering with The Salvation Army on National Donut Day. She said, “Partnering with The Salvation Army to celebrate National Donut Day is a great way to spread morale to the troops. The USO and Salvation Army’s history dates back to the USO’s inception in 1941, when the two organizations spread cheer to the troops on the front lines. To be able to continue that mission together today brough the historical partnership full circle.”

The Salvation Army has a long history of providing support and assistance to the United States military. During both World Wars, they played a crucial role in offering physical, emotional, and spiritual aid to service members. Today, The Salvation Army continues to serve military families and veterans through programs such as emergency financial assistance, transitional housing, food, and job training.

On this National Donut Day, the soldiers at Fort Campbell had the opportunity to indulge in a well-deserved treat and experience the gratitude of the local community. Through the generosity and partnership of organizations like The Salvation Army and the USO, the unwavering commitment of our military personnel is acknowledged and celebrated. The Salvation Army’s dedication to serving our military extends beyond this special day, ensuring that those who have served our country receive the support and assistance they deserve.

To learn more about National Donut Day and its historical significance, as well as download the original Donut Lassies’ recipe, please visit For additional information about The Salvation Army of Clarksville, including how to donate and volunteer, please visit

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