Each year National Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June.
This event was created in 1938 by The Salvation Army to honor The Salvation Army Lassie’s who served coffee and donuts to the soldiers during World War I.
Salvation Army volunteers set up “huts” overseas in abandoned buildings close to the front lines. The Salvation Army Lassie’s provided baked goods, writing supplies and clothes mending to the soldiers. Serving the sweet treats brought comfort to the soldiers who were likely missing the comfort of their family.
The Lassie’s found it difficult to provide freshly baked goods due to the condition of the hut’s. Two volunteer’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance decided to fry donuts on soldiers’ helmets. Seven donuts were able to be fried per batch. Try the original Salvation Army Lassie’s Doughnut Recipe.
For National Donut Day there are donut shops offering freebies or deals.
Here are some donut deals:
Participating Dunkin Donuts shops are offering a FREE donut with purchase of a Dunkin’ beverage. Offer is valid at participating shops June 1, while supplies are available. Browse local shops.
Participating Krispy Kreme Doughnut shops are offering a FREE doughnut June 1, with no purchase required. Browse for local shops on the Krispy Kreme website.
FREE contest–Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army are featuring a Donut Day Sweepstakes for lots of free donuts and other prizes. Enter online for FREE, no purchase necessary.
Don’t forget to check your local listings for the deals in your local area.