The Salvation Army Celebrates 75th National Donut Day

75th National Donut Day


 Free donuts to military personnel help commemorate The Salvation Army “Donut Lassies”

(Atlanta, May 31, 2012) On Friday, June 1st, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command will celebrate the 75th National Donut Day by distributing Krispy Kreme donuts to military personnel at the USO (United Service Organizations) Center inside the Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

National Donut Day was established in 1938 to commemorate the work of The Salvation Army “Donut Lassies.” The Donut Lassies are widely credited with popularizing the donut in the United States by feeding American soldiers the tasty treat during World War I. National Donut Day marks an important time in American History and raises awareness for The Salvation Army’s hunger relief programs that continue throughout Metro Atlanta.

“This year we are honored to celebrate National Donut Day with the USO of Georgia by replicating the donut lassies clever idea. A Salvation Army volunteer will dress up as a ‘donut lassie’ and hand out Krispy Kreme donuts to military personnel arriving and departing from the USO Center inside the Atlanta Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport,” says Major Marshall Gesner, The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander. “This is just one of the many ways that The Salvation Army recognizes the men and women that put their lives on the line to fight for our country each day.”

The Salvation Army joined the USO back in 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt requested that private organizations be responsible for handling the on-leave recreational needs of the U.S. armed forces, thus leading six organizations, (The Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board) to form the USO.

The United Service Organizations is a not for profit organization whose only mission is to serve the men, women and families of our Country’s military personnel and families. The USO lifts the spirits of our troops and military families.

Salvation Army workers continue to care for and comfort thousands of people each day who battle hunger around the world and here in Metro Atlanta. “Last year alone, The Salvation Army provided 144,335 meals to the poor and hungry throughout Metro Atlanta,” said Major Marshall Gesner.

To find out more about The Salvation Army “donut lassies” or to make a donation to The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command, visit For more information about the United Service Organizations, visit

Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army Honor 75th Annual National Donut Day on June 1st with Sweet Celebration

Historical Event Marked by $25,000 Donation to The Salvation Army by Entenmann’s

NEW YORK, May 29, 2012 — A sweet celebration, 75 years in the making! Entenmann’s Bakery, the maker of more than 100 sweet baked goods, and The Salvation Army have partnered to celebrate the 75th Annual National Donut Day on June 1st, 2012 with a sweet celebration.

The holiday, held annually on the first Friday of June, was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 in Chicago to honor the “Donut Lassies” who served these treats to soldiers during World War I and to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression. This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide.

Entenmann’s Bakery recognizes the importance of the donut with The Salvation Army and has partnered with the organization for a second straight year to be the official donut manufacturer affiliated with National Donut Day. Entenmann’s has two donut factories in Carlisle, PA and Montebello, CA that produce more than 780 million donuts a year, which equates to 15 million donuts a week and more than 100,000 donuts every hour to keep up with the demands of Entenmann’s donut lovers nationwide.

In celebration of the historical day, Entenmann’s will unveil the largest box of donuts in a special event at Madison Square Park in New York City on June 1st. Fans can also enter to win ‘Free Donuts for a Year’ and additional prizes through a sweepstakes link on the Entenmann’s Facebook page. All entries must be received by 11:59: p.m. ET on June 23, 2012. Winners will be randomly selected from all submissions. Official Rules can be found at

“We’re proud to support an organization like The Salvation Army for this special milestone,” said Maureen Sticco, Director of Entenmann’s Marketing Services. “Entenmann’s Bakery has been synonymous with fresh baked sweet goods for more than one hundred years. The 75th Annual National Donut Day is a great opportunity to share our love for donuts with all consumers.”

“National Donut Day has become a true American tradition in which The Salvation Army and Entenmann’s Bakery asks the general public to remember those who fought in World War I, as well as their neighbors who may have fallen on hard times,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “So as Americans enjoy a tasty Entenmann’s donut this year, we ask everyone to consider giving back to support their local community.”

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