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National Donut Day

The first National Donut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the "donut lassies" who helped make the donut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers during World War I. The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, "doughboys."

A Memorial Day Thank You

"American boys are going to France. We must go with them!" The Salvation has long been tied to the United States military. Countless veterans have told stories of encoutering The Salvation Army on the battle front - usually through the ministry of our donut girls. Evangeline Booth, the national commander of The Salvation Army during World War I, was compelled to provide for the needs of American soldiers at home and those fighting overseas.