Believe it or not, "National Doughnut Day" or "National Donut Day" has a significant history; celebrated annually on the first Friday in June, it dates back to 1938 when the Salvation Army in Chicago honored members or "lassies" who served donuts, or fried dough confectionary, to soldiers during the First World War. Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance thought of providing baked goods, among them donuts, to hungry servicemen in France; the idea latched on, with brave volunteers from the Red Cross, sometimes described as "Doughnut Dollies", serving the delicious fare to tide over appetites during the Second World War.
National Doughnut Day became an annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army, and also a time to enjoy free doughnuts for breakfast, dessert, or snack, courtesy of large chains like Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme, as well as smaller, local bakeries.
At the Gottesman Libraries a delectable box traditionally appears at the First Floor Services Desk for all to partake .... we entreat you to enjoy reading and seek options if you have the taste! Word has it that deliveries are en route to essential workers, as we remember health care providers, emergency personnel, farmers and food distributors, public safety officers, law enforcement, mass transit, sanitation, and others in critical industries who are on the front lines during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- How To Make the Doughnut That Kings and Doughboys Liked: The Doughnut Made a Tremendous Hit In France, and So Did the Salvation Army, Whose Brave Workers Are Now Facing the Problems Of Peace. (1919, Jun 22). San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File)
- "Doughnut Dugout" Opens In Glory: Soldiers and Sailors Cheer References To Salvation Army's Service In the War. (1919, Feb 15). The Hartford Courant (1887-1922)
- Recipe For Famous Salvation Army Doughnut. (1919, Feb 18). St.Louis Post - Dispatch (1879-1922)
- How To Make Those Famous Salvation Army Doughnuts: Doughnuts A La Pershing. (1919, Feb 23). Nashville Tennessean and the Nashville American (1910-1920)
- Doughnut Day For Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Lassie Y-D Veterans Will Help In Drive For $3,000,000. (1919, May 11). Boston Daily Globe (1872-1922)
- The Salvation Army Planning Doughnut Day. (1940, Jun 02). Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963)
- Women Will Aid Salvation Army Doughnut Day. (1940, Jun 09). Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963)
- Lucy, K. M. (1950, Jun 15). Salvation Army Doughnut Day Grows From A Heroic Effort: Front Views and Profiles. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963)
- It's Doughnut Day Today. (1961, Jun 09). Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963)
- Salvation Army's Doughnut Day Set. (1979, May 31). Chicago Tribune (1963-1996)
- Kotcher, Joann Puffer. Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Girl's War in Vietnam. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2011. e-book
- Krondl, Michael. The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, c2014. e-book
- Doughnuts, Needpix
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