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Beth Ybarra is a member of The Artists League of the Sandhills and was awarded the 3rd place prize last year at the Strokes of Patriotism. She is proud and thankful to be participating again this year to support fundraising for the Strokes of Patriotism.
The Story Behind My America
During WWll, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, the American Red Cross volunteers have comforted American soldiers in wartime hospitals and have kept communication between American civilians open to their military. But, do you know the important role that young women and doughnuts played in these wars? Starting in WWll, the Red Cross recruited intelligent, young women to volunteer in Great Britain on clubmobiles, also known as comfort stations. From the clubmobiles, the young women treated our American servicemen to free coffee and fresh baked doughnuts while broadcasting Big Band music over the loudspeakers. Snacks, cigarettes, newspapers and magazines were also available from the clubmobiles. These young women became known as the “Donut Dollies”. By December of 1944, the “Donut Dollies” in Great Britain had baked 4,659,728 doughnuts for our homesick soldiers.Their doughnuts were a sweet taste of home.