From time to time, we receive a comment claiming that the Red Cross charged the military for donuts and coffee. We’ve heard from numerous Donut Dollies who served in Korea and Vietnam and they’ve told us that they never charged for donuts or coffee. In fact, most never even saw a donut during their service in-country.
However, we recently discovered a news story that reveals the probable origin of this misconception. In World War II, the Red Cross was asked to charge for donuts and coffee by the U.S. Secretary of War. It appears this didn’t last long, but the story has continued for decades. Please listen to or read the story in the link below to learn more… Free Donuts?