Salvation Army Celebrates National Donut Day June 2nd


National Donut Day is Friday, June 2nd!

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the “donut lassies” of The Salvation Army, the Quincy Salvation Army is teaming up with Dunkin Donuts of Quincy to celebrate the occasion!

You can support The Salvation Army as we celebrate, too! Now through May 31, make a $25 donation to the Quincy Salvation Army, and we’ll deliver one dozen Dunkin Donuts to the person, business, or organization of your choice on Friday, June 2nd!

Place your order by sending your donation and the name and address of the person whom you’d like to receive the donuts to:

Matt Schmidt
C/O The Salvation Army
405 Vermont Street
Quincy, IL 62301

You can also call Matt at 217-231-5694.

Orders must be paid and received by May 31st in order to be eligible.

About National Donut Day:

National Donut Day 2017 will take place on Friday, June 2nd, marking the 100th anniversary of The Salvation Army Donut Lassies. While this annual event is a great reason to enjoy this timelessly tasty treat, there’s more to the celebration than mere sweet indulgence. And, though you may not have known it, National Donut Day’s roots lie strongly within The Salvation Army.

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The idea for Donut Day began on the battlefields of France during World War I when Salvation Army workers served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches. Both rations and troop morale were poor, so the idea of making and serving donuts was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer. However, donuts were not the reason Salvation Army workers were in the fighting zones of France. Those men and women (approximately 250 volunteers) were there primarily to offer spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldiers and their allies, and to serve as a link between home and family.

National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending, home-cooked meals, and, of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines. With limited resources, the donuts served were cooked only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying the treats in the helmets of soldiers. And the rest is history!