The Salvation Army's National Donut Day is your opportunity to eat a donut while proudly supporting our military veterans. Today, Friday June 5th, marks the 78th anniversary of the Salvation Army's National Donut Day.
The day is a celebration honoring the Salvation Army women volunteers who cooked donuts on the World War I battlefield, providing nourishment and care for American G.I.s. These volunteers - The Salvation Army "Lassies" were the only female nonmilitary personnel stationed on the front lines, where they prepared donuts inside U.S. soldiers’ steel helmets using only hot oil and a stove!
From the looks of the Salvation Army National Donut Day website, it looks as if the events and participating donut shops are only located in Southern California. That's okay.
For the rest of us, feel free to celebrate today by eating a few donuts and then support our wounded veterans by entering the 2015 Harleys and Gas Giveaway.
Evangeline Booth, daughter of THE SALVATION ARMY founder William Booth, spearheaded the involvement of THE SALVATION ARMY "Lassies" as volunteers on the battlefields of France in 1917. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near the front line, two Salvation Army volunteers came up with the idea of providing donuts.The donut in turn became a "staple" among U.S. soldiers and were served to soldiers on the front lines.
Following the war, National Donut Day was established in 1938 by THE SALVATION ARMY in Chicago to raise funds during the Great Depression in honor of the work of their volunteers who served donuts and other foods for thousands of soldiers. Since WWI, millions of servings of hot coffee and donuts have been provided free by THE SALVATION ARMY to fireman, rescue workers, disaster victims – anyone in need
The Salvation Army of Southern California will be celebrating National Donut Day on Friday, June 5th at the USS Iowa located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd. Los Angeles. Those in attendance will get to relive history with Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” in historical costume. The public is welcome between 8 am – 10 am to join us for a special donut festival, including a ceremony to honor veterans, live music, an appearance from Shot Gun Tom Kelly of K-Earth101 and so much more. If you’re a vet the coffee and donut are on us – if you want to say thanks to a vet – the coffee and donut are yours for a small donation.
In addition, the USS Iowa is offering a special National Donut Day discounted ticket of only $10 to tour the remarkable floating museum where so many veterans served. The celebration will be capped by a $10,000 donation to The Salvation Army Haven program for veterans by the BakeMark company.
Can't make it out to the USS Iowa? No worries! Eating a sweet treat on this holiday is guilt free with a percentage of purchases at more than 1,000 participating donut shops supporting The Salvation Army in feeding, housing, and rehabilitating thousands of homeless local veterans in Southern California. Just look for the National Donut Day poster (shown below) to find a participating location in your neighborhood!
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