As if we needed another reason to love The Salvation Army.
It’s National Donut Day! And The Salvation Army is to thank for the sweet boxes of goodness in your break room, plus all the colorful, too-pretty-to-eat posts on your Instagram feed.
The idea for Donut Day originated on the battlefields of France during World War I. Men and women volunteering for The Salvation Army were alongside soldiers in the trenches, there to provide supplies, comfort and spiritual aid (something they still do around the world where disaster strikes or where the need is most dyer every day). Provisions were poor, so giving out the sweet treat of donuts was meant to bring the soldiers cheer and – although the donut is said to be a European creation – a taste of home.
Years later back in the States, The Chicago Salvation Army coined “National Donut Day” in 1938 to commemorate the “donut lassies” – the female volunteers who handed out donuts, coffee and vital supplies to soldiers during wartime – and to raise funds for their domestic social services programs. Today the tradition continues on the first Friday of every June.
So, happy National Donut Day! Feel guilt-free about the indulgence remembering the holiday’s noble roots, and if the sugar high so compels you, learn how you can support The Salvation Army and their continued effort to provide assistance and comfort to those who need it most here.
For nearly two decades, the Dallas Cowboys have been proud supporters of The Salvation Army and their efforts to help 30 million Americans annually through an array of services. Learn more about “The Army and the Star” partnership here.