By Terry Kovarik
Tom Mulinix’s father was a World War II veteran who always told Tom’s mother to never pass a Salvation Army kettle without giving a few coins. That was in gratitude for the help of the Salvation Army’s Donut Girls. Mulinix, who lives in Door County, began hearing more stories about the Donut Girls and how they helped soldiers with a simple pastry during lulls in the action and a simple smile. But Mulinix learned that the World War I Donut Girls were right in the thick of battle and provided an incentive for the fighting men.
Mulinix says word of the Donut Girls’ contributions to the war effort played a role in helping pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Mulinix will be sharing more about the Donut Girls July 28th at the Door County Historical Museum in Sturgeon Bay.