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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