Hundreds of Salvation Army Donut Day taggers wore their vests with pride in the Chicagoland area collecting donations and thanking donors with an Entenmann classic chocolate donut. Funds raised during this annual event support The Salvation Army programs and services, including meals for the hungry, disaster assistance, and safe havens for youth. Last year we raised nearly $45,000 and this year we expect to exceed that amount. We noticed a decline during the Red Kettle fundraiser due to the harsh conditions of this past winter. That, coupled with increased needs made the success of Donut Day even more important.
“National Donut Day has become a true American tradition in which The Salvation Army and Entenmann’s Bakery asks the general public to remember and honor our veterans, men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces, as well as their neighbors in need facing hunger, homelessness and crisis,” said Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Commander of the Chicago Metropolitan Division for the Salvation Army. “During this time, we ask everyone to consider giving back to support their local community.”
The Salvation Army Donut Day celebrates the Donut Lassies, Salvation Army female staff, who served coffee and doughnuts to the soldiers on the front lines during World War I. These women were not only there to provide the soldiers with food, but more importantly they were there to offer spiritual support and comfort. Donut Day became an official Salvation Army annual fundraising event in 1938 in Chicago.