Hooray for National Donut Day!
Join us June 7th to celebrate this great American tradition
This National Donut Day, our Tucson team will be showing the love to our first responders and veterans by bringing sweet treats to:
:: Tucson Police Department
:: Pima County Sheriff’s Department
:: University Of Arizona Police Department
:: South Tucson Police Department
:: Tucson VA Medical Center
Bashas' is helping us celebrate National Donut Day in authentic style!
Doughnut Lassies will be at the following Bashas' location to serve delicious donut samples. You might even get to try this year's Winner of Bashas' Annual Donut Flavor Craze Contest!
A portion of its sales will benefit the life-transforming program sand services of The Salvation Army. Now that's sweet!
Join the Fun!
Did you know?
Americans were introduced to donuts by Salvation Army Officers in 1917!
During World War I, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to our American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France starting in 1917.
As the young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to fry up in helmets delicious doughnuts for the boys.
These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time.
The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”
The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. They started the Day as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.
And today, 100 years later, we continue that tradition to help raise awareness for the critical services we provide to 23 million Americans in need each year!