FLORISSANT, Mo. — It’s National Donut Day.

Old Town Donuts and the Salvation Army continue their tradition of handing out sweet treats to veterans in the St. Louis area.

On Friday, they visited Jefferson Barracks, Scott Air Force Base and other veterans homes.

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“By noon today, we’ll hand out more than 100 dozen donuts, celebrating today, donut day,” Major Adam Moore, Area Commander for the Greater St. Louis Salvation Army, says. “And we’re so grateful for our partnership at Old Town Donuts, and even more than that, we’re happy to celebrate the legacy of the Salvation Army donut girls of World War I.”

The Salvation Army celebrated its first donut day in 1938. It was meant to help those in need during the Great Depression and to commemorate the “donut lassies,” who served donuts to troops during World War I.