Anyone who knows me, knows I love food and I love doughnuts. So, when I came across National Doughnut Day, all I could think of was I now have a good excuse to get some. However, as I read more about the event, I realized there was actually a rich history behind the recognition of the day. So, I thought I’d share a little of that history.
National Doughnut Day is always the first Friday in June. It was first established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to raise money during the Great Depression and to honor the work of the Salvation Army volunteer “Lassies” during World War I. It continues today and is often used as a fundraiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army.
The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by the Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army Lassies volunteered and made homemade goodies and provided a morale boost to the American soldiers. These goodies included doughnuts that were cooked in oil inside of the metal helmet of the soldiers. The soldiers became known as “Doughboys.” The Salvation Army Lassies were the only women (outside of military personnel) permitted to visit the front lines.
This year, National Doughnut Day falls on June 5. So, remember, if you are out and about that day and come across organizations soliciting donations for the Salvation Army, please give generously. Also, don’t forget to pick up some doughnuts!
Hopefully, my husband will read this and also remember June 5 is our wedding anniversary. So, honey, make sure you bring home some doughnuts! #ChocolateGlazed