Get Ready for National Doughnut Day

Salvation Army "Doughnut Lassies" inspired National Doughnut Day.

Chocolate, glazed, strawberry with sprinkles, jelly filled, Bavarian crème, French cruller, powdered sugar, blueberry cake…

What kind of doughnut will you choose in celebration of National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 4, 2010? Since the day does only come once a year, maybe a sampling of several flavors is in order.

As you think about which tasty pastries will make the cut, think about this: did you know National Doughnut Day originated with The Salvation Army?

The Salvation Army first celebrated it in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. The special day also served as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.

Not Familiar with the Story of Salvation Army Doughnut Lassies?

Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during World War I.

As our young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to create delicious fried doughnuts for the boys.

These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time.

The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”

Visit our blog tomorrow for a list of fun Salvation Army National Doughnut Day events taking place across the country, as well as our original doughnut recipe!