Donuts and Doughnations!

Monday, April 23, 2012
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Which classic white box do you grab when you’re grocery shopping: crumb cakes, cookies, muffins, or doughnuts?

The delicious sweets of famous bakery Entenmann’s are staples for breakfast time, snack time and especially National Doughnut Day time! That’s why for the second year in a row, Entenmann’s is helping The Salvation Army celebrate the historical day, held this year on June 1st.

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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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Only 3 Days ‘Til National Doughnut Day!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ever since 1938, The Salvation Army has been celebrating our doughnut-making heritage on the first Friday of June.

The celebration began in Chicago as a way to pay homage to the young women who fed and fueled soldiers during WWI and WWII with hand-made doughnuts.

After more than 70 years, we continue that tradition this Friday, June 3 with tasty events taking place from the east coast to the west! We hope you’ll join with your local Salvation Army in honoring Doughnut Day.

Take a moment to read this post on the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog to learn the rich history behind this tradition, and we guarantee it will make your Doughnut Day even sweeter.

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Actually, the Word “Like” Isn’t Quite Strong Enough…

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!

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Like Doughnuts? Then “Like” A Doughnut!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Doughnut Day, a holiday established by The Salvation Army in 1938, is Friday, June 3. But good news…we don’t have to wait to celebrate our favorite tasty treat because Entenmann’s has baked up some fun!

They’ll donate $1 (up to $10,000) to The Salvation Army for every person who LIKES their Facebook page now through June 3. So head on over to their page at www.facebook.com/Entenmanns and be sure to invite your friends too!

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Our Original Doughnut Recipe

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
2 eggs
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!

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Reason to Celebrate – Today is National Doughnut Day!

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.

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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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