Donut Day to Thank La Crosse First Responders

May 31, 2018 | by Elizabeth Budelman

Nick Ragner
Director of Development
The Salvation Army of La Crosse County
P: (608)782-6126 x239

Donut Day to thank La Crosse County First Responders

LA CROSSE, WI – The Salvation Army will honor La Crosse County First Responders during this year’s National Donut Day.

Using the Emergency Canteen, Salvation Army staff will deliver donuts to 12 police, firefighter, and other First Responder stations throughout La Crosse County on Friday, June 1st.  The event is to recognize local First Responders for all that they do in their respective communities.

“While donuts are just a breakfast treat for some, they also act as a historic symbol between The Salvation Army and those fighting for our country,” said Nick Ragner of The Salvation Army.

National Donut Day first started in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s volunteers that made and served donuts to soldiers during World War I.  Approximately 250 volunteers traveled overseas to give soldiers clothing, supplies, and baked goods.  These donuts were known to improve morale and were also credited with popularizing donuts in the United States after soldiers returned home. 

“Whether it’s providing shelter to the homeless in La Crosse or donuts to soldiers thousands of miles away from home, The Salvation Army is there for people in need,” said Ragner. “This event is a way for us to honor the history of our dedicated volunteers as well as an opportunity to show appreciation for those that put their lives on the line to save the lives of others.”

Donuts will be delivered to stations in La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, West Salem, and Bangor.  For more information on National Donut Day, visit


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