National Donut Day!


If you use The Salvation Army in Central Ohio’s Area Services’ break room as an example, we don’t need a national holiday to justify eating a glaze-coated pastry for breakfast.  In fact, some generous staff member graced our break room with two boxes of Jolly Pirate donuts just this morning.  That’s why we’ll most certainly be celebrating the 77th annual National Donut Day on Friday, June 6th!
Several local donut shops will hand out free deep-fried goods including Entenmann’s who is also donating $1, up to $30,000, to The Salvation Army for every new like it gets on its Face book page through June 15th! There is also a sweepstakes that could put a year of FREE donuts in your hands (or your break room)! Five weekly winners will be awarded an Entenmann’s prize pack and 100 grand prize winners will win a year’s supply of donuts.

National Donut Day honors our military veterans and commemorates the work of Salvation Army volunteers (known as the “Donut Lassies”) who used the tasty confection to comfort American soldiers in France and Germany during World War I. These brave “Donut Lassies” fried the dough in soldier’s helmets while offering much-needed morale boosts to troops. They also provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending services and home-cooked meals.

Salvation Army Lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance are considered the Salvation Army’s “first doughnut girls”.  Though that world war and other wars have come and gone, The Salvation Army continues to care for and comfort thousands of people each day who battle hunger around the world and here in the Central Ohio Area.
Want to try to  make some of your own donuts using The Salvation Army’s famous recipe?

Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts

  • 5 C flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 C milk
  • 1 Tub lard


  • Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
  • Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
  • Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.
  • When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
  • Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.





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