The Salvation Army 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.  


Local Donut Day Events

Donut Eating Contest
and Fundraiser

Friday, June 1, 2018 || 8AM

The Salvation Army Des Plaines Corps Community Center
609 W. Dempster Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60016 (map/directions)

The Salvation Army Des Plaines Corps Community Center is hosting a Donut Eating Contest and Fundraiser to help provide vital services to our communities in the northwest suburbs. Free donuts will be provided by Central Continental Bakery. If you are interested in being a contestant or would like to vote through a $5.00 donation, visit our fundraiser for more information.  

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Donut Day Eating Contest - Des Plaines


Donut Day Fun Day
Fundraising Event

Saturday, June 2, 2018 || 12PM

The Salvation Army Joliet Corps Community Center
300 Third Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433-1985 (map/directions)

Support The Salvation Army of Joliet for a day of fun with your family. We'll have fun activities and games - bounce house, face painting, slime making station, carnival games with prizes,and raffle prizes. We'll also have some great food and donuts courtesy of Home Cut Donuts!

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The Salvation Army National Donut Day in Chicago