The Salvation Army of Greenville will celebrate the 81st National Donut Day on Friday, June 7, 2019. The Salvation Army will pass out donuts and pastries, courtesy of Krispy Kreme and the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, to veterans at the Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic on National Donut Day. The Salvation Army is also partnering with the Donut Experiment, who will donate 10% of sales made on National Donut Day to The Salvation Army’s social ministries programs.
National Donut Day began in 1938 in honor of The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies” of WW1. In 1917, over 250 Salvation Army volunteers went overseas to aid American soldiers in France, and some of the female volunteers became known as the “Doughnut Lassies” when they began serving freshly-made donuts to the soldiers. In 1938, The Salvation Army established Donut Day to commemorate the “Doughnut Lassies” and to raise awareness of The Salvation Army’s social services.
Every year, Salvation Army locations across America celebrate National Donut Day on the first Friday of June. The donut symbolizes The Salvation Army’s commitment to providing comfort to those in need through our food assistance programs, emergency disaster services and more. The Salvation Army of Greenville is thankful for our continuing partnership with the Donut Experiment and for the generous donations from Krispy Kreme and the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. The Salvation Army is also grateful for the opportunity to thank our veterans and reconnect to the origins of National Donut Day.
“Donut Day allows The Salvation Army to bring awareness to our history and to raise funds for our social ministries programs,” says Major Pete Costas, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens and Oconee Counties. “We are thankful to the Donut Experiment, Krispy Kreme and the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery for their partnerships, which will allow us to raise awareness and serve those in need.”
Donations can also be made to The Salvation Army here or by texting "DonutDay2019" to 41444.