In 1917 during World War I, fighting continued in France, where U.S. soldiers huddled in camp hungry, weary and drenched from rain. Near the front lines, women of The Salvation Army made doughnuts from available ingredients and fried them in solders' steel helmets on an 18-inch stove.
The 100 doughnuts made that first day were an immediate success. Soon, 9,000 doughnuts were being made weekly. Before long The Salvation Army took doughnuts to the front lines wherever the war was being fought.
Today, The Salvation Army's tradition of service, represented by the memory of those first doughnuts, continues supporting armed services personnel, law enforcement and firefighters in times of crisis disaster or need. These lassies were in harm's way but made sure our soldiers got to eat a doughnut.
This is what America is all about — courage, honor and Yankee determination through hell or high water.
- Romano "Rocky" Rubino, Highland