Salvation Army Celebrates National Donut Day
Friday, June 2, 2023
- 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Dillon's, Dodge City, 67801
Salvation Army volunteers will be serving donut treats at Dillon's, 1700 N 14th Avenue, Dodge City from 10 am to noon while supplies last.
National Donut Day is the first Friday in June.
The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938 to help the needy during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.
In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during World War I. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies, and of course, baked goods.
After discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers.
Nicknamed “donut lassies,” the women who served donuts to troops are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops (nicknamed “doughboys”) returned home from war.
The donut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves donuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.
1700 14th Ave
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