No, I haven’t made this up, it actually has roots as far back as World War I . National Donut Day honors the Salvation Army “Lassies” of WWI. It is also used as a fund raiser for the many causes of the Salvation Army.
Seven Pasadena donut shops will be donating a portion of the proceeds to The Salvation Army’s Haven Veteran Shelter. Those donut shops are:
A&K donuts -1515 N. Lake
Gladstone Donut House – 1332 N. Lake Ave.
Hill Donuts – 1441 E. Washington Blvd.
Poster’s Donuts – 3538 E. Foothill Blvd.
Sierra Donuts -3827 Sierra Madre Blvd.
And my personal favorite:
Tastee’s – 619 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
So treat yourself to a great tasting donut and know that you are also doing some good for the veterans!
And so that you are in the know…
The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army “lassies” were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army’s “first doughnut girl”.