It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear on Friday, June 6 for National Donut Day. I’d recommend something with an elastic waistband. Just a thought.

Not only is National Donut Day an opportunity to enjoy the best sugary treat known to man or woman, it’s a great way of remembering our veterans and a bit of WWII history.

You see, donuts made their way to the United States by way of WWII soldiers who enjoyed them overseas courtesy of Salvation Army Donut Girls. Rations were pretty meager at the front lines, so the donuts were made by frying them up in the soldier’s helmets. Once the war was over and soldiers returned home they began asking for donuts in their local bakeries.

Here’s a short video – less than :45 seconds – that details the history of the donut. Click the white arrow to start.

During the Great Depression The Salvation Army in Chicago, Illinois created National Donut Day to raise awareness about the Army’s social service programs that continue to battle hunger and poverty across the United States and around the world.

If you’d like to celebrate National Donut Day with us, here are a few ways to get in on the donut action:

:: Our friends at Entenmann’s Bakery, famous for the Rich Frosted Donut, are donating $1 to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” the Entenmann’s Facebook page up to $30,000 until June 15!

:: LaMar’s Donuts in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri is celebrating National Donut Day already! You can make a gift that helps alleviate child hunger by visiting this page. Then, on Friday, June 6, you can drop by their stores for a free donut!

:: Donut Prince in Burbank, California will be celebrating National Donut Day on June 6, courtesy of BakeMark. All US Veterans in attendance will receive a free donut and coffee. Ryan Seacrest’s KISS FM morning show will be in attendance, and sponsor BakeMark will present a donation to The Salvation Army’s Haven Program which serves veterans at risk of homelessness.

:: Because donuts + Hawaii = pure bliss, Regal Bakery will hand out donuts at all three of their Oahu locations on June 6 and will donate a portion of the day’s sales to The Salvation Army. In addition, our Hawaii-based staff will deliver donuts to two USO locations on the island that serve military personnel and their families.

:: Donut House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will offer one free donut to all customers for the entire day and host a traditional Salvation Army red kettle! Click here for a map to the Donut House.

:: Krispy Kreme is donating 50 dozen donuts so our San Diego staff can hand them out during the lunch hour at Fashion Valley Mall!

:: Pink Box Doughnuts on W. Lake Mead BL and S. Eastern AV in Las Vegas will hand out a special something for all active duty military and veterans with ID on Donut Day. And patrons will be able to give to the kettle and know that their financial gift will help the local Salvation Army Veterans Services program.

Thank you to all our generous donut-giving partners that help us do National Donut Day up right! And we want to give an extra-special thank you to BakeMark – a leading producer and distributor of bakery ingredients to independent donut shops – for their 5 years of support for Donut Day and The Salvation Army’s programs for veterans.

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