Celebrating the 75th Annual National Donut Day!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Today is the 75th Annual National Donut Day! Nearing the end of World War I  in 1917, The Salvation Army established a mission to provide for the needs…

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Three Cheers for National Doughnut Day!

Friday, June 3, 2011

During World War I, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to our American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France starting in 1917.

As the young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to fry up in helmets delicious 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. They also provided writing supplies, stamps, and clothes-mending for the men.

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

Doughnut Lassies fed hungry American soldiers serving on the front lines during WWI.

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. They started the Day as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.

And today, 73 years later, we continue that tradition to help raise awareness for the critical services we provide to 30 million Americans in need each year! If you’d like to help support The Salvation Army on National Doughnut Day, please text the word “DONUT” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

Below are just a few ways we’re celebrating across the country. For a full list and more info, click here.

* Augusta, ME: The Salvation Army will offer free doughnuts and coffee between 7a.m. and 10a.m. at the Tim Hortons on Western Avenue.
* Chicago, IL: Community members can help The Salvation Army “Erase Hunger” on June 3rd and 4th. Fundraisers will be on the streets handing out commemorative Doughnut Day tags to donors to help support feeding programs for children, seniors, the homeless and families in need.
* Hampton, VA: The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme are partnering to provide doughnuts to Salvation Army clients, including members of senior programs.
* Los Angeles, CA: BakeMark will make a $10,000 donation to support The Salvation Army’s Haven Shelter in West Los Angeles. The Salvation Army will also provide free doughnuts and coffee to veterans at the Haven served by volunteers in “Lassie” uniforms.
* Phoenix, AZ: Community members who donate gently used items to a Salvation Army Family Store on June 3rd will receive a free Dunkin’s Donut and a coupon for a free dozen Dunkin’ Donuts.

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For You, A Salvation Army-Style Doughnut Recipe

Thursday, June 2, 2011

With the 73rd National Doughnut Day only 1 day away (is your mouth watering yet?), we thought we’d share a special treat with you a little bit early.

If you’re lucky, on Friday you may come across your local Salvation Army unit passing out doughnuts from our partners like Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, or local stores. We have a lot of love for all these great doughnut brands, BUT for those of you who are real go-getters, we’re going to help you celebrate do-it-yourself style.

Below, we’re sharing The Salvation Army’s original doughnut recipe, just like our “doughnut lassies” used to make on the front lines for American soldiers during WWI and WWII. They say it’s because of these women that doughnuts became such a popular treat in the US!

Give it a try, and let us know if you think your doughnuts are good enough to have their own annual celebration.

[Stella Young]
Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Stella Young

SALVATION ARMY LASSIES’ DOUGHNUT RECIPE

Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts

5 C flour
2 C sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 C milk
1 T lard

DIRECTIONS

* Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.

* Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)

* Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.

* When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off.

* Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

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Get Ready for National Doughnut Day

Thursday, June 3, 2010

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 Girls?

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 celebrations taking place across the country, as well as our original doughnut recipe!

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