National Doughnut Day is Friday, June 6!
Did You Know… When the United States entered World War I, The Salvation Army was ready to assist. The Salvation Army established a War Board and began programs in US Army camps and canteens across the country. Food and beverages were provided for the soldiers, along with books, writing supplies and opportunities for recreation. Overseas, The Salvation Army workers moved with the American Expeditionary Forces across France making doughnuts, pies, cakes and other home-baked goods for the soldiers.
The soldiers were given a home away from home and had the opportunity to sing, read, write letters and attend church services. The Salvation Army doughnut girls would use the limited rations provided and an open stove to make doughnuts for the soldiers. Only 150 doughnuts were made on first day in 1917 but were an immediate success. Soon, as many as 500 soldiers stood in muck outside the resurrected tent waiting for the sweet taste of doughnuts and before long, 9,000 doughnuts were being made daily.
Along the front lines, the doughnuts became a symbol of The Salvation Army’s will to bring a touch of home to the soldiers. A small token of sweetness, it has remained in the public’s mind for many years as a symbol of warm friendship and service to those in need.
Did You Know… The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I.
Did You Know… Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
Did You Know…The Salvation Army continues to provide doughnuts, as well as other services to clients who visit Salvation Army programs daily.