TODAY IS DONUT DAY! (Friday, June 4th) -You can get a free donut at places like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts (see below). But here's the deeper meaning behind National Donut Day (from the Salvation Army in Mobile):
THE DEEPER MEANING BEHIND NATIONAL DONUT DAY
This Food-focused Holiday is Among the Few With Its Roots in Charitable Service
MOBILE, AL (June 1, 2021) — On the first Friday in June, Americans celebrate all the gooey goodness of donuts. But many don’t know that National Donut Day actually has its roots in doing good. This sweet tradition dates back to World War I, when nearly 250 Salvation Army volunteers known as “Donut Lassies” traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support as well as fried confections, supplies, and other services to troops on the front lines.
The Donut Lassies fried donuts in small pans and are credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when troops returned home from war. The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938 to help those in need during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the Donut Lassies.
For more than a century, the organization has continued to provide a wide range of essential services like food, shelter, and emotional and spiritual support to the most vulnerable and to many of the men and women serving on the front lines of need.
“This National Donut Day, as Mobile and Baldwin County residents celebrate with a sweet treat, we are proud to remember that this fun tradition started with our very own volunteers over a hundred years ago,” said Area Commander, Trey Jones. “If you ask me, knowing that the day has its roots in the fight for good makes those glazed pastries taste even sweeter.”
To honor the history of Donut Day, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama will celebrate June 4th by partnering with Krispy Kreme and delivering doughnuts to Fire and Rescue First Responders as a way to show our appreciation to the men and women who work tirelessly to help the residents of Mobile and Baldwin Counties.