The Salvation Army is celebrating National Donut Day by delivering donuts to veterans

The Salvation Army volunteers making donuts for National Donut Day (Photo by The Salvation Army)

The Salvation Army is celebrating the 84th National Donut Day this Friday by delivering donuts to veterans centers and other locations around the region.

The Salvation Army in Chicago started National Donut Day in 1938 to honor the “Donut Lassies” of 1917. Donut Lassies were 250 female volunteers who traveled to France during World War I and set up makeshift huts on the front lines, risking their lives by delivering clothes, supplies, donuts and other sweet treats to thousands of soldiers during World War I in an attempt to raise morale.

Donut Lassies making donuts for troops over a hundred years ago. (Photo by The Salvation Army)

Now, over a hundred years later, Americans celebrate National Donut Day on the first Friday of June, celebrating the same symbol of comfort that the soldiers enjoyed all those years ago.

This year, The Salvation Army is celebrating across the country by handing out donuts to veterans centers around the country.

“This National Donut Day, as the country celebrates with a sweet treat, we are proud to remember that this tradition started with our very own volunteers more than a hundred years ago,” said Major Todd Hawks, area commander of The Salvation Army of North Texas. “For us, the donut is a symbol of hope that The Salvation Army provides to those in need.”

For more information about National Donut Day or to download the Donut Lassies’original recipe, you can visit

The Play Street Museum and Shipley Do-Nuts will also be celebrating National Donut Day with fun activities, crafts, and donut history at Play Street and with a free glazed donut with any purchase from Shipley.

CORRECTION: (6/1/2022) The Salvation Army Plano Corps has cancelled their plans to deliver donuts to the Veterans Center of North Texas, but The Salvation Army will still be delivering donuts in various locations across Texas.

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