Friday is National Donut Day: Celebrate With Us Today & Tomorrow!

Friday, June 7 is the 76th annual National Donut Day, a holey day for sweets lovers and an essential holiday for The Salvation Army.

Started as a fundraiser by The Salvation Army in Chicago during the Great Depression, National Donut Day honors our military veterans and commemorates the work of Salvation Army volunteers who used the tasty confection to comfort American soldiers in France and Germany during World War I.

These female volunteers, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughtnut Girls,” fried the donuts in solders’ helmets, and served countless treats to grateful troops. The donut has since been a long-standing symbol of the services and comfort The Salvation Army provides. To this day, The Army continues to provide comfort with coffee and donuts to survivors and emergency responders who need support on the scene of disaster.

In celebration of the year’s sweetest holiday, our friends at Entenmann’s Bakery, famous for the Rich Frosted Donut, are donating $1 to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” the Entenmann’s Facebook page (find it here: – up to $30,000 – until June 15!

In advance of the big day, we invite you to Madison Square Park in New York City TODAY from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a special National Donut Day celebration with Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army. If you’re in the area, stop by for goodies, surprises and special guests. And make sure to join in the conversation with us on Twitter as we share pictures using #NationalDonutDay.

You can also celebrate with us on Friday by stopping by one of these participating donut stops for some deals:

  • On the West Coast, more than 1,000 of the independent shops who use BakeMark baking supplies – a national baking supply company – will have this poster in their window. Every donut you buy on June 7, 2013 from one of their shops will help The Salvation Army serve veterans through a generous donation from BakeMark. Yes, eating donuts can be an act of patriotism.
  • Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut to everyone on Friday with no purchase necessary.
  • Dunkin Donuts will offer a free donut with the purchase of a beverage on Friday.
  • LaMar’s Donuts is giving away free donuts Friday with no purchase necessary, and a portion of this week’s sales are being donated to The Salvation Army.
  • Tim Hortons is offering a free donut with any purchase on Friday if you print this Facebook coupon.
  • Or make your own with the original doughnut recipe used by Salvation Army Doughnut Lassies!

However you choose to celebrate, we wish you a Happy #NationalDonutDay!

A thank you to our generous partners

Since May 19, thanks to the generosity and sacrifice of our partners, supporters and countless volunteers, The Salvation Army has been able to provide 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks to tornado survivors in Oklahoma.

This kind of service is made possible in large part by The Salvation Army’s corporate partners. We would like to extend our sincere to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Little Ceasers, Chick-Fil-A and Papa John’s Pizza who have helped us feed survivors, volunteers, first responders, and other emergency personnel via donations and mobile kitchens.

Last Sunday, our friends at Papa John’s- called upon pizza lovers across the country to support the communities of Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma in their recovery from the destructive storms by asking customers to donate $1 of every food order, towards The Salvation Army’s recovery efforts. We are thrilled to announce that $400,000 was raised that day in support of our relief efforts in Oklahoma.

Additionally, the company’s mobile pizza kitchen, served over 10,000 pizzas to the survivors and first responders. They were also kind enough to deliver hundreds of pizzas from local franchises to residents and aid workers.

Thank you, America, for teaming up with Papa John’s Pizza to make this donation possible! We are beyond thankful to everyone’s continuous generosity, support and partnership in Doing The Most Good.

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