The Deeper Meaning To The Sweetest Day Of The Year
National Donut Day
National Donut Day is here and it’s the sweetest day of the year!
But as we chomp on delicious sweet treats, not many Americans know that National Donut Day has a deeper meaning.
The Salvation Army actually created the holiday during The Great Depression in 1938. They wanted to raise funds and awareness about the Social Service programs they provided. This holiday commemorates the “donut lassies,” or the female Salvation Army volunteers who provided stamps, writing supplies, home cooked meals, and of course – donuts, for the the soldiers on the front lines.
The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance wanted to do something special for the soldiers, to give the the taste of home. With limited their limited resources: flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, cinnamon, and canned milk, the donut was born. It found its place on the front line being fried in frying pants and even soldier’s helmets.
This year, to celebrate National Donut Day, The Salvation Army of Traverse City is partnering up with Meijer to hand out donuts to those community members that really make a difference.
Lieutenant Matthew Winters of The Salvation Army of Traverse City says, “With the support of Meijer, we are happy for the opportunity to share our gratitude and National Donut Day with our community military, and first responders who sacrifice their health and lives to protect and serve our communities and country.”