June 3 is National Donut Day! Did you know that National Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army?
It started during World War I when female volunteers from the Salvation Army wanted to bring a taste of home to the soldiers. They began frying donuts in helmets!
The women volunteers became known as the “Donut Lassies.”
To commemorate the donut lassies, President Dwight Eisenhower made the day official!
Here are a few more facts about #NationalDonutDay:
- The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
- National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
- Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
- With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.
This year, the Salvation Army NWA is partnering with Krispy Kreme for National Donut Day.
Krispy Kreme donated 40 boxes of donuts to be delivered all through Northwest Arkansas!
For more information and video of the Salvation Army and National Donut Day, click here!