Who doesn’t love doughnuts? (Or donuts, if that’s how you prefer to spell it!)
People have been using doughnuts as an excuse to eat cake for breakfast for centuries, but did you know that the Salvation Army started National Doughnut Day?
National Doughnut Day is Friday, June 1st.
In Baton Rouge, doughnuts will be delivered to many local partners of The Salvation Army- Greater Baton Rouge.
Unlike some other “days” that have been introduced as marketing stunts in recent years, Doughnut Day has been around since 1938 and was originally established as a way to honor The Salvation Army Doughnut Lassies who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
Female Salvation Army workers known as “Doughnut Girls” would fry and distribute doughnuts to the American soldiers fighting in France.
They offered a taste of home to the soldiers, who became known as “Doughboys.”
Doughnut Girls were replaced by “Doughnut Dollies” during World War II.
Created on the first Friday in June of 1938, the celebratory day is intended to commemorate the work the Doughnut Lassies started in 1917.
“The Salvation Army has always lived its mission to meet human need without discrimination – whether serving alongside a community during times of disaster, providing safe shelter for the homeless or a caring act as simple as sharing a doughnut with soldiers during WWI. “ – Major Brett Meredith