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National Donut Day

On the first Friday in June, Americans celebrate the goodness that is donuts. But did you know that National Donut Day actually has its roots in doing good? 

The Salvation Army created the first donut day event in Chicago in 1938 as a fundraiser to help those in need during The Great Depression. The Chicagoland area continues the tradition by raising awareness and support for its services to those in need, including providing shelter, food, early childhood education, after-school programming, music education, alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation and more.

To celebrate the spirit of the big anniversary, The Salvation Army has teamed up with the legendary Addison, Illinois bakery – Clyde’s. For 98 years Clyde’s has quietly made and provided a variety of donuts and baked goods to local grocery stores and restaurants.

Clydes an official Salvation Army Donut Day partner


Help celebrate Donut Day by learning and sharing the tradition and joining our local Donut Day events. 

Des Plaines Donut Eating Contest and Fundraiser
June 7th || 8:30am - 10:00am

Downtown Des Plaines Shop and Save
518 Metropolitan Way
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Learn more to become a fundraiser or competitor


Joliet Donut Day Fundraiser
June 7th || 6:00am - 10:00am

Home Cut Donuts
815 W. Jefferson St. 
Joliet, IL 60435

Learn more or donate


St. Charles (Tri-City) Donut Eating Contest and Fundraiser
June 7th || 7:30am - 9:00am

Blue Goose Market
300 S. 2nd Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

Learn more to become a fundraiser or competitor


Winnebago County Donut Eating Contest and Fundraiser
June 7th || 8:30am - 9:30am

The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center (Parking Lot)
7150 N. Cherryvale mall Drive
Rockford, IL 61112

Learn more to become a fundraiser or competitor