Major Nancy Powers and Glazed and Infused Donuts visited with 93.9MYfm radio station to talk about National Donut Day.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, where the Salvation Army Donut Lassie was born. Salvation Army “Doughnut Girls” served along the front lines during WWI and WWII, giving soldiers free coffee and doughnuts as bullets flied overhead.
In celebration of National Donut Day, The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division partnered with Chicago’s gourmet donut shop, Glazed and Infused. Glazed and Infused will donate 50% of proceeds from purchases of the Salvation Army donut on June 2 and 3.
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.
The Salvation Army will celebrate Donut Days on May 30 and 31, and June 6 and 7. Staff and volunteers will be at intersections and store fronts throughout the greater Chicagoland area collecting donations in exchange for a tasty Entenmann’s classic chocolate donut.
The annual event highlights The Salvation Army’s services to the most vulnerable in our communities, including our veterans. “National Donut Day has become a true American tradition in which The Salvation Army asks the general public to remember and honor our veterans, as well as their neighbors in need who are facing hunger, homelessness and crisis,” said Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Commander of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. Continue reading “The Salvation Army Honors Vets during Annual Donut Days”
Chicago, Illinois – The Salvation Army and Entenmann’s Bakery are partnering to celebrate the 76th annual National Donut Days. On two consecutive weekends, Friday, May 31 – Saturday, June 1, and Friday, June 7 – Saturday, June 8, hundreds of Salvation Army Donut Day “taggers” throughout the greater Chicagoland area will be giving out commemorative Donut Day tags to donors whose gifts will help support programs for children, seniors, the homeless and families in need. The holiday, held annually on the first Friday of June, was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies” who served the 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.