The Salvation Army Celebrate National Doughnut Day

TORONTO, May 31, 2018 /CNW/ – Get ready for the sweetest day of the year! The Salvation Army will be celebrating National Doughnut Day with some tasty treats on Friday, June 1.

“The Salvation Army played a huge role on the frontlines of war and we continue to be on the frontlines of poverty every day in Toronto,” says Jeff Robertson, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “For generations, The Salvation Army has been known as always being there at the time of greatest need for so many. National Doughnut Day gives us the opportunity to tell this story and to share how we continue to serve. We are thankful to Krispy Kreme for their partnership as we work together to build a better community.”

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m. – Free Doughnut Tour in Toronto

Details: The Salvation Army Emergency and Disaster Vehicle will be stocked with doughnuts provided by Krispy Kreme and will tour the city of Toronto serving them for free. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @tsatoronto to see where the truck will stop next.

Goal: To bring awareness of the work The Salvation Army is doing to help someone experiencing poverty.

How to get involved:

  • Visit us at one of our stops along the tour and share a tasty Krispy Kreme treat. Tour @tsatoronto
  • Post a photo with a doughnut thanking our veterans and Salvation Army volunteers. Use the  following hashtags #nationaldoughnutday, #salvationarmy
  • Make a donation at or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Held annually on the first Friday of June, Doughnut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honour The Salvation Army’s “Doughnut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Doughnut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States when the troops returned home from war.

The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help raise funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the “Doughnut Lassies.” The doughnut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves doughnuts, in addition to warm, healthy meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.

Below are a few additional facts about the history of National Doughnut Day and the Salvation Army:

  • Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to 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.
  • Last year, over 1.9 million Canadians received assistance from The Salvation Army.
  • Share your favourite moments from National Doughnut Day using #salvationarmy and #nationaldoughnutday.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become one of the largest direct providers of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and 129 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of people in your community who are in greatest need. News releases, articles and updated information can be found at

SOURCE The Salvation Army – Ontario Central Division


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