The Salvation Army is marking the 78th Annual National Donut Day, Friday, June 3. National Donut Day began in 1938 as a way to commemorate the efforts of The Salvation Army volunteers during World War I, whom would become known as the “Donut Lassies”.
Locally, The Salvation Army has partnered with Krispy Kreme and St. George’s Donuts to celebrate National Donut Day. Customers will receive a free donut of their choice on Friday at Krispy Kreme and have the opportunity to donate directly to The Salvation Army. St. George’s will provide a free donut to anyone who makes a donation to The Salvation Army. All funds raised will stay with the local Salvation Army here in Springfield.
“This day is an excellent way for us to celebrate the long history of The Salvation Army,” said Major Mike Mills, Springfield Corps Officer. “We are blessed to be able to adapt the services we offer to current needs, including bringing the comforts of home to our military, such as happened back in World War I.”
During World War I Salvation Army volunteers provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending services and baked goods, including homemade doughnuts to soldiers on the frontlines in France. Due to limited supplies, donuts were fried only seven at a time in soldier’s helmets. The volunteers would make up to 300 donuts a day.
For more information please call 417-862-5509, or visit our website at www.salvationarmyspringfield.org.