The Salvation Army wants people to remember National Donut Day’s purpose

Donut Lassies history for National Donut Day
Donut Lassies history for National Donut Day / The Salvation Army

While many people will run for that free donut, National Donut Day is more than just a free food promotion. The Salvation Army wants people to remember the history behind this celebration and maybe take a moment to share a moment of gratitude for those who served.

The phrase, “thank you for your service” are words said often. While service men, women, and their families choose that life of sacrifice, their call to duty is not always easy. For those who feel called to serve, it is not just a job. It is a calling that they want to fulfill.

For the 2024 National Donut Day celebration, The Salvation Army is joining with Chef Andre Rush, a veteran who has long championed veterans causes, to highlight the country’s largest nongovernmental social service provider veterans-focused programs.

While Chef Rush will be personally sharing on his socials, everyone is encouraged to share their stories. Just like that coin in the red kettle at the holidays makes a difference, using a donut to bring some sweetness to someone’s day has value.

As Commissioner Kenneth Hodder, national commander of The Salvation Army, said, “We invite everyone to join us in celebrating the 86th National Donut Day and paying tribute to the incredible legacy of the Donut Lassies. Their dedication and compassion perfectly illustrate what The Salvation Army stands for and continue to inspire our entire community to this day.”

The idea goes back to the history of The Salvation Army's Donut Lassies. During WWI, those women might not have been fighting on the front lines, but they were vital to providing support to the men who picked up arms. Over time, the simple donut was more than just a taste of home. It was that comfort food that filled their stomach and soul.

Even though there may not be Donut Lassies delivering a serving of sweetness during warfare, the concept behind their volunteerism can be adapted in other ways. This National Donut Day consider delivering some donuts to a local veterans facility, a recruiters office, or maybe bring a dozen to the ROTC class who just finished their morning training.

Can a donut make a difference? The simple answer is yes. More importantly, that donut can be a visual reminder to share a little gratitude for those who chose to fulfill their duty to serve.