The Sweetest Day of the Year, Made by The Salvation Army

June 4 is the sweetest day of the year. It’s National Donut Day! As people throughout the DMV celebrate the gooey goodness of donuts on June 4, many may not know that, unlike other fun holidays, Donut Day has a deeper meaning.

National Donut Day became a holiday thanks to The Salvation Army’s work during World War I. The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938, honoring the “Donut Lassies” who traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support, supplies, and other services to our troops on the front lines in France. The Lassies also provided fresh donuts and hot coffee to soldiers fighting in the trenches to raise their spirits and thank them for their service.

This year, thanks to a generous donation from local Krispy Kreme restaurants, The Salvation Army is sharing the sweet goodness of the donut through multiple activities. This is the first public celebration of National Donut Day in two years since no events were held during the height of the COVID pandemic last year. Below is a list of planned activities beginning Friday morning:

  • Armed Forces Retirement Home Visit (140 Rock Creek Church Rd., Washington, DC, 20011) 8:30-9:00 AM. This activity is to thank retired members of the Armed Forces who live on the campus of the retirement home. Salvation Army staff will deliver donuts, thanking them for the service to the nation, ahead of the facility’s weekly chapel service. This is happening outside of the chapel on the AFRH campus.
  • Salvation Army Social Services Walk-up Emergency Assistance (2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and at the Anacostia Metro Station) 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Salvation Army Staff is giving away donuts to anyone seeking emergency food or financial assistance. We are giving away non-perishable food, and offering assistance to southeast DC residents that are seeking help to pay overdue utility bills or past due.
  • Donut Day Corporate Visits (all day) Salvation Army staff is delivering donuts to multiple community partners throughout the day. Planned stops include Lustine Toyota in Woodbridge, Burke and Herbert Bank in Alexandria, Crest Advanced Cleaners locations, and Interstate Moving Logistics in Springfield.
    • Lustine donated $24,000 to The Salvation Army in Prince William County. The funds are proceeds from a promotion in the month of May and will be used to feed families seeking help.
      Burke and Herbert Bank and Crest Advanced Cleaners sponsored last winter’s coat drive. Together, they collected and cleaned over 4,000 gently worn coats that were given away to families in need.
  • Interstate Moving Logistics has donated reefer refrigerated trailers for use throughout the COVID pandemic. Interstate also performs toy pick-up and delivery during the Angel Tree Christmas program each year.

Donut Day deliveries are also planned for the Turning Point Center (transitional living facility for young mothers with kids) and Harbor Light Center (residential substance use treatment facility)

Salvation Army National Area Commander, Major Mark Woodcock, said, “From the front lines of World War I right through today, the donut continues to serve as a symbol of the comfort, hope, and our continuing commitment to serving the community. We assist those most in need all year. Thanks to community partners and donors, we assisted nearly 51,000 people across the DMV last year.”

“We want to give special thanks to our retired veterans for their service to the nation, and to our friends at Krispy Kreme for generously donating donuts to The Salvation Army for National Donut Day,” Major Woodcock said.

Photos from the day will be posted to our Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, and Twitter pages, which can be found at SalArmyNCA.