The history of National Donut Day

Friday, June 3, 2016 10:19 am
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As if today couldn’t get any better for West Aussies. 

We already have a long weekend just hours away…but first, National Donut Day is happening right now!

The 98five kitchen is filled with them.

National Donut Day

But National Donut Day isn’t just all about seeing how much sugar we can consume in 24 hours. It has its origins in World War I when US Salvation Army workers served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches.


So technically it’s an American celebration but we’re happy to help spread the sugary awareness.

78th Annual National Donut Day fun facts: 

  • The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
  • National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
  • Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
  • With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.
  • Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 60,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.

Read more about National Donut Day

Happy donut eating AND happy WA Day long weekend!


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