This Friday, June 3 beginning at 7:00 am until they run out, The Salvation Army is giving away more than 6,000 FREE donuts at 5 Metrorail stops in downtown DC during the morning rush to celebrate National Donut Day. Stop by and grab a tasty treat on your way to work!
Metrorail locations for FREE Donuts on June 3:
First & C Sts. SE
NE corner 12th and G Sts. NW
NW corner 23rd & I Sts. NW
Exit – D St. between 6th & 7th Sts.
East side of First St., NE and entrance to Amtrak Terminal
(under pavilion, In front of Metro Escalator outside of Chipotle)
About National Donut Day
The Salvation Army first celebrated the first National Donut Day in Chicago in 1938 to help the
needy during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the “donut lassies” who
served donuts to soldiers during World War I.
In 1917, The Salvation Army began a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during World War I. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods.
After discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two volunteers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers.
Nicknamed “donut lassies,” the women who served donuts to troops are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops (nicknamed “doughboys”) returned home from war.
The donut now serves as a symbol of all the social services The Salvation Army provides to those in need. The Salvation Army still serves donuts, in addition to warm meals and hydration, to those in need during times of disaster.
National Donut Day occurs on the first Friday of June.