National Doughnut Day - Each year on the first Friday in June, people happily celebrate National Doughnut Day. This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army "Lassies"the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.
In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army. It was during WWI that the Salvation Army “lassies” were sent to the front lines of Europe. Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.
The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called "doughboys." On this day, many doughnut stores in the United States offer free doughnuts to their customers.
National Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served the doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. This day began as a fund raiser for Chicago's Salvation Army. The goal of their 1938 fund raiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.
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