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Friday, June 03, 2016
National Donut Day
FREE donuts and coffee in the Library today in honor of National Donut Day:
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.