All Friday, the “Hot Now” sign will be shining bright in Krispy Kreme store windows across the country. Our friends at Krispy Kreme will be joining us in celebrating National Donut Day by giving away free sweet treats. Just stop by one of their shops on Friday and pick out the donut of your choice.
The idea behind Donut Day started with The Salvation Army on the battlefields of France during World War I. Salvation Army volunteers who were on the frontlines providing spiritual aid and comfort started to fry donuts in the soldiers’ helmets. The treats were an instant hit. The volunteers were dubbed the “Donut Lassies”.
The tradition continued as the Donut Lassies served soldiers in World War II and the Vietnam War. Ask any veteran and it’s likely they remember the Salvation Army Donut Lassies and the delicious reminders of home they brought them.
The first National Donut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise money during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the Donut Lassies.
Today, The Salvation Army continues to provide comfort with coffee and donuts to survivors and emergency responders who need support on the scene of disaster.
If you decide to indulge a little on Friday, eat your donut without regret and remember those who sacrifice for our country and those who are #DoingTheMostGood for those in need each day.