Friday June 1 marks National Donut Day, an American tradition that dates back to the First World War when Salvation Army volunteers cooked up donuts to cheer American army troops.
Salvation Army lassies who made the donuts were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. As the donut gained popularity it was reported that some pilots even dropped notes asking for donuts for their troops.
Since then, donuts have symbolized the Salvation Army’s long history in caring for, and providing dignity to those who come to them in their darkest hour.
In recognition of Donut Day The Salvation Army in Vancouver recently partnered with a local donut shop to distribute free mini ‘Sally Ann’ red velvet donuts to Vancouverites. And in Halifax, on June 1, a local Tim Hortons and The Salvation Army will serve donuts and coffee from the Army’s Centre of Hope that houses a men’s shelter, addictions centre and family services.
The Salvation Army in the U.S. has celebrated National Donut Day for more than 70 years.
Should Canada also mark a National Donut Day?