Celebrating The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies and National Donut Day
For some of us, we could celebrate National Donut Day every day. The very first job I ever applied for was at Burr's Donuts in Princeton. I can still remember the smell, and oh that chocolate icing. It's probably a good thing that I didn't get the job, I would've gotten fired trying to find out that secret recipe. Actually, I'm still looking for that unique chocolate icing, if anybody happens to know it!
What is National Donut Day?
National Donut Day isn't one of those made-up holidays. It actually has a rich history with the Salvation Army and helped bring some sweetness to our soldiers in World War I. Volunteers that were known as the 'Donut Lassies' traveled overseas to bring supplies, and provide spiritual compassion and the delicacies we know as the donut to our front-line soldiers.
In 1938 the Salvation Army's Donut Lassies were celebrated in Chicago for their service. They didn't swing by a donut shop every morning for the soldiers. They made the donuts with their own special recipe. So now, the first Friday in June is National Donut Day, and it's all thanks to the organization that is still known for 'Doing the Most Good'.
The donut now serves as a symbol of the comfort that The Salvation Army provides to those in need through its many social services programs. The Salvation Army still serves donuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.
You can follow the day's activities on social media at #DonutsDoGood and #NationalDonutDay.