Salvation Army of Indiana celebrates National Donut Day

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 5,2015)- The Salvation Army of Indianapolis thanked its supporters in a unique way Friday.

It handed out 2,000 free “Square Donuts” and cups of coffee on Monument Circle.

The giveaways coincided with National Donut Day, which The Salvation Army started in 1938 in Chicago.

Originally, the celebration was a chance for the organization to raise money during the Great Depression.

During World War One Salvation Army workers made donuts for the soldiers in an effort to raise their spirits.

At one point workers were making as many as 9,000 donuts a day for the troops.

National Donut Day is now a chance for organization to thank its many supporters.

“It’s just a way for us to say thank you, come down get a cup of coffee, get a donut. We just want to give them a little bit of appreciation for everything they help us do here in Central Indiana,” said Mike Rowland, who works with the Indiana division of the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army also collected donations during its annual donut giveaway.

The organization says it’s able to help a lot of people, with very few resources.

A single $10 donation can feed a family of four in central Indiana, according to the Salvation Army.