June 6th is National Doughnut Day. To celebrate, the Salvation Army has partnered up with local doughnut shops like Carmelita’s in D’Iberville to give away free doughnut.
During World War I, the Salvation Army was known for bringing doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches. The story behind the Salvation Army’s connection to National Doughnut Day is that Salvation Army volunteers wanted to carry cakes to soldiers, but couldn’t figure a way to carry them. Eventually, volunteers thought to poke a hole in the middle and lower the cakes into the trenches on the barrel of the soldiers’ guns. Thus, the doughnut was invented.
Laura Bianco of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Salvation Army says, “They help us raise awareness of what we do for our veterans and what we do for our community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. And that includes, laundry services for the homeless and preparing foods. Last year alone, we gave out over 400,000 groceries to citizens on the Gulf Coast.”
Carmelita’s has offered to run their Donation-For-A-Doughnut one more day for any locals that want to give to a worthy cause and get a sweet treat in return. Carmelita’s is located in the Sangani Boulevard Complex in D’Iberville.