Held annually on the first Friday of June, Donut Day was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honour The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies,” who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The “Donut Lassies” are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops returned home from war. The Salvation Army was on the frontlines of war and today we continue to be on the frontlines of poverty.
In Ottawa, The Salvation Army has partnered with Vets Canada and Maverick’s Donuts to celebrate National Donut Day. The Salvation Army celebrated on June 7th, 2019 by handing out free Maverick’s mini donuts in Ottawa’s Byward Market with Vet’s Canada and Corus Radio stations Boom 99.7 FM and Jump 106.9 FM. The Salvation Army and Vets Canada also visited many of Ottawa’s legions to share our story, bring donuts and honour those who have served. The team also visited many local media outlets dropping off donuts and sharing our history.
Thank you to everyone who helped us mark this special day!