Celebrate Donut Day with us on Friday, June 1!

May 25, 2018

Donut Day History

The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938 to help those in need during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “Donut Lassies” who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during World War I. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods.These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers.

Nicknamed “Donut Lassies,” the women who served donuts to troops are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops (nicknamed “doughboys”) returned home from war.

The donut now serves as a symbol of the comfort that The Salvation Army provides to those in need through its many social services programs. The Salvation Army still serves donuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

100+ Years of Donuts

National Donut Day occurs each year on the first Friday of June. This year, that means Friday, June 1! Donut shops around the country  participate by giving away free donuts and supporting The Salvation Army. Once you get yours, share a picture enjoying it, using #GivingIsSweet!

Giving Is Sweet!

Today is a great day to celebrate the mission of The Salvation Army. Would you consider helping to make sure we can continue to "do the most good" in your community? Donate today -- even just the cost of a donut or two -- to make sure that no one ever has to go without the help they need.

-- Text SALDONUTDAY to 41444 to give from your phone


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