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Donut girls' legacy remembered

The Door County Salvation Army extension celebrated National Donut Day by hearkening back to the holiday’s roots. Observed on June 5th, the original donut girls were organization members who went to the frontlines with the troops during World War I. To raise the morale of American men who were fighting in eastern France, four volunteers began making treats. One sugary confection at a time, the donut girls brought a bite of home to troops, often at considerable risk to themselves. They had gas masks and .45 caliber rifles for protection, using spent shell casings as rolling pins. On Friday morning, volunteer Tom Mulinix made a special delivery to local police departments. He says, given the headlines of recent weeks, this year’s celebration felt closer to the spirit of the early donut days than usual.


Mulinix says that with foreclosure and eviction moratoriums coming to an end, the Door County extension is just beginning to see increased demand for its assistance.


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