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The Salvation Army Celebrates 79th Annual National Donut Day!

On June 3, The United States recognizes the 79th Annual National Donut Day!  It is only appropriate The Salvation Army, who popularized the donut, will help lead this celebration.

As America entered World War I in 1917, The Salvation Army established a mission to provide for the needs of U.S. soldiers fighting in France.  Salvation Army volunteers traveled overseas to set up service “huts” located in abandoned buildings near the front lines where they could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps and offer a clothes mending service to the soldiers in battle. historical 27- donutday1 (1)

When providing freshly baked goods proved to be a difficult feat considering the hut’s conditions, two entrepreneurial Salvation Army volunteers named Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought to fry donuts in soldiers’s helmets.  The volunteers were capable of frying seven donuts per batch.  The sweet treats, along with the warm hearts and glowing smiles of those who served them, brought a bit of comfort to American soldiers who were serving their country.  Nicknamed “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” these women made history by introducing this little known confection to the United States when the “Doughboys” returned from war.

The first National Donut Day was established in Chicago in 1938 to raise money for people in need during the Great Depression.  The holiday has since been celebrated on the first Friday in June as a way to commemorate the service of The Salvation Army’s Doughnut Lassies and honor the memory of our soldiers.  The donut has become synonymous with The Salvation Army’s social services and continues to be a comfort food served by The Salvation Army to those in need during times of disaster.

To celebrate National Donut Day locally, The Chattanooga Salvation Army will be delivering donuts to local heroes who serve our community and nation everyday – men and women from the Armed Forces and the local Police & Fire Departments.

Both Entenmann’s and Krispy Kreme are Donut Day National Sponsors.  Our local partner, Tasty Donuts of Chattanooga, TN will also donate the donuts to be delivered.

Visit Entenmann’s on Facebook and enter to for a chance to win free donuts for a year and other great prizes!  In continued support of The Salvation Army, Entenmann’s Bakery will donate $1 to The Salvation Army for every sweepstakes entry up to $35,000!

Krispy Kreme will offer one free donut per customer and will have counter top Red Kettles available for donations.  All proceeds to benefit The Salvation Army.

Our local partner, Tasty Daylight Donuts of Chattanooga, TN will also donate the donuts to be delivered.


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