75th Annual National Donut Day Fun Facts!

A sweet celebration, 75 years in the making! Entenmann’s Bakery, the maker of more than 100 sweet baked goods, and The Salvation Army have partnered for the second year in a row to celebrate the 75thAnnual National Donut Day on June 1st, 2012 with a sweet program. The holiday, held annually on the first Friday of June, was established byThe Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies” who served these treats to soldiers during World War I. This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide.

Donut Day Facts from The Salvation Army

Salvation Army:

  • 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 inFrancestarting 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, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 60,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.


Entenmann’s Bakery:

  • Entenmann’s has made more than 4 billion donuts – if you laid them end-to-end, you could wrap them around the earth almost 9 times!
  •  The Rich Frosted Donut has been the #1 seller since its introduction in 1972. (2012 marks the 40-Year Anniversary – that’s a sweet celebration.)
  • Entenmann’s Donut Facility inCarlisle,Pennsylvaniais the largest Donut Plant in theUnited States, producing more than 40 million boxes of yummy delight each year.
  •  Believing that people were more inclined to buy what they can see, the Entenmann’s brothers, William, Robert and Charles, and mother, Martha, invented the familiar “see-through” cake box for baked goods in 1959.
  •  At one time, more than 168 million pounds of chocolate have been used for Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Donuts, enough to fill all of theGreat Lakes.
  • In the early ’50s, Frank Sinatra used to call theBay Shorebakery to place weekly orders from Entenmann’s.

For more information on the 75th National Donut Day, please visit www.salarmychicago.org/donutday and http://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyChicago.

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