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The Salvation Army Donut Run: Circles of Hope
Sat, Jun 14, 2014
About This Activity
The Salvation Army Donut Run: Circles of Hope 5k route takes participants down a path crossing the historic floodwall murals of Portsmouth and then paralells with the Ohio River. The route is mostly flat and paved, and roads are carefully blocked for participants' safety.
We celebrate the donut run because of National Donut Day, which began in 1938 as a celebration of those who served donuts to troops during World War I. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, Salvation Army volunteers came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an "instant hit", and "soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts," recieving free donuts right in the trenches.
This run not only celebrates the hard work of The Salvation Army volunteers in the past, but also helps local communities today. All of the proceeds from this race go to The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corp's food programs. These include both a pantry and a hot meals program where individuals are served meals five days a week out of the corps. In 2013, with the help of the donut run, The Salvation Army served 145,000 meals to the locals in Scioto County.