Salvation Army keeps tradition alive with donut delivery to BPD

Friday marks National Donut Day, so the Salvation Army delivered treats to Baltimore police officers as a way of saying thank you for their service.

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Friday is National Doughnut Day! Here’s where you can score free doughnuts

Friday is National Doughnut Day! Here’s where you can score free doughnuts

National Doughnut Day was established by the Chicago Salvation Army in 1938 to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, according to Duck Donuts. The day is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday in June.

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The Salvation Army Celebrates the True Meaning of National Donut Day

The Salvation Army Celebrates the True Meaning of National Donut Day

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Many Americans don’t know that National Donut Day actually has its roots in doing good. Celebrated on the first Friday in June, this sweet tradition dates back to World War I, when nearly 250 Salvation Army volunteers known as “Donut Lassies” traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support as well as fried confections, supplies, and other services to troops on the front lines.

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The Salvation Army prepares for National Donut Day

The Salvation Army prepares for National Donut Day

In 1938, the first-ever National Donut Day was took place in Chicago, celebrating The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies who were sent to France in 1917 to establish field bases near the front lines. There, soldiers could stock up on essential goods and get a treat provided by the lassies.

Two volunteers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, began frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. They brought hope and happiness to the battlefield, and a much-needed boost for US soldiers.

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