ANCHORAGE (KTUU) As many celebrate National Donut Day, so will the Salvation Army, but the reasons behind indulging in the sweet treats is much different. The donut represents a way for the organization to serve and get awareness out to the community. During WWI, women would serve thousands of donuts to soldiers in the battlefield as a reminder of something from home. It was a way to uplift their spirits. Today, the donut still serves as a symbol of the comfort the Salvation Army provided to those in need through its many social services programs.
"We're still meeting human needs um all over the great state of Alaska as well as our nation and providing just a little bit of encouragement and a hand up," said Lt. Denice Delgado, Anchorage Social Service Director.
The Salvation Army Alaska Division's food pantry is in need year round. Those wanting to help can donate their time, talent and treasure. The organization is always looking for non-perishable food items with a good shelf life.