Thursday, May 19, 2011
Like doughnuts? Then “Like” these doughnuts! To help us celebrate National Doughnut Day, Entenmann’s will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to The Salvation Army for every person who LIKES their Facebook page now through June 3. Head over to their page at www.facebook.com/Entenmanns and be sure to invite your friends too!
Friday, June 4, 2010
For all you National Doughnut Day celebrators, we have a special treat for you! As promised, we’re posting the original Salvation Army doughnut recipe, just like our “doughnut girls” used to make them on the front lines for American soldiers during WW1.
Try them out and let us know what you think!
SALVATION ARMY DOUGHNUTS
5 C flour
2 C sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
1 3/4 C milk
1 T lard
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 slowly. 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! This recipe yields approximately 4 dozen doughnuts, so invite some friends to help eat!
Friday, June 4, 2010
The Salvation Army is celebrating the 72nd annual National Doughnut Day today!
We have a variety of events taking place across the country, including free doughnut giveaways – yum!
Why do we make such a big deal about doughnuts? The Salvation Army is widely credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States by feeding American soldiers the tasty treat during World War I. For more background on our past with the pastry, click here.
We’re celebrating National Doughnut Day in partnership with doughnut vendors and shops nationwide, and we’ve listed below just a few of these many partner events taking place across the country today and Saturday. We hope you can make it out to the exciting celebrations in your local area. You won’t want to miss out on the festivities!
* Chicago, IL: Donors can help The Salvation Army “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” on June 4th and 5th, 2010. 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. Local celebrities will be participating in events and providing entertainment at the James R. Thompson Center on June 4th from 11 AM – 1PM.
* Cincinnati, OH: The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati will host games and other activities, in addition to providing free doughnuts and drinks on June 4. The event is in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association and Bakemark, an international supplier of baking supplies to independent doughnut shops,
* Los Angeles, CA: BakeMark will make a $10,000 donation to renovate The Salvation Army’s Haven Shelter in West Los Angeles. The Salvation Army will also be providing free doughnuts and coffee to veterans and their families from across Southern California from 7:00 to 8:30 AM on June 4.
* Vero Beach, FL: The Salvation Army will be handing out free doughnuts from a mobile canteen at the new Dough Boy’s Donuts and Bagels in Vero Beach from 5:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
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!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Theirs is a story that is noble and inspiring, and thanks to the new Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Exhibit, hopefully the tale of the Doughnut Girls will be heard more often. The museum’s new feature was dedicated last week at The Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana to highlight the outstanding behind-the-scenes contributions during World War I of these female Salvation Army officers that is a little known, but riveting, part of American history.
Supporters and even relatives of the famed Doughnut Girls turned out at the event enthusiastically dressed in uniform, greeting visitors with coffee and doughnuts. People enjoyed the opportunity to view displays with original utensils, uniforms, and promotional materials. For more information on the event, visit The Salvation Army Indiana’s website (www.saindy.org) for an original article and find photos on their Flickr page.
Not Familiar with the Story of Salvation Army Doughnut Girls?
As young American 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 donuts 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 donuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these donuts 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.
We hope if you’re in the Indiana area that you’ll be able to stop by The Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Exhibit. Also, don’t forget to think about us and grab a doughnut on National Doughnut Day, coming up the first Friday of June. Check back at our national website and social media sites for more fun, historical doughnut facts and information about events that will be taking place across the country.
Monday, May 10, 2010
NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK FACT OF THE DAY
Did You Know…?
The Salvation Army is often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States. After serving doughnuts – often cooked in battle helmets – to U.S. troops in the field during World War I, many soldiers came back to the States hooked on the pastries. Doughnut consumption subsequently took off in the U.S. during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1938, The Salvation Army also created National Doughnut Day, observed the first Friday of June, to honor the female Salvation Army officers — or “doughnut lassies” — who served the troops during the War.
In honor of National Salvation Army Week, everyday we are posting one interesting fact on our blog and an event on our website demonstrating how Salvation Army’s across the country are celebrating. Click here for more information on the history of National Salvation Army Week.