National Doughnut Day 2017

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    National Doughnut Day is this Friday June 2

    This year marks the 100th Anniversary of The Salvation Army Doughnut Lassies courageously serving soldiers on the frontlines in France during World War I.

    In 1917, Salvation Army Officers and volunteers were sent to France to aid soldiers fighting in ‘the war to end all wars’. Following 36 dreadful days of steady rain on the front, two young Salvation Army women decided that what the demoralized troops needed was something that reminded them of the sweetness of home.

    They quickly got to work and gathered excess rations for dough and shell casings for makeshift rolling pins. They filled a soldier’s helmet with lard and fried braided crullers.

    The doughnuts were simple in flavor made with only a handful of ingredients but instantly became a hit. The gloriously fragrant smell of frying doughnuts drew the soldiers in and word went out, “If you’re hungry and broke, you can get something to eat at The Salvation Army.”

    These dear women often risked their own lives in the service of others and provided such a helpful service; a nice break from the atrocities of war. Their presence was very powerful.

    We’re proud of this legacy and will honour it this Friday June 2nd by giving out delicious Krispy Kreme Donuts!

    KK 2017