05 May 2015

Whether you’re a chocolate old-fashioned fan, or hooked on sprinkles, you'll want to mark your calendar for the sweetest day of the year - National Donut Day! 

The Salvation Army of Southern California will be celebrating National Donut Day on Friday, June 5th at the USS Iowa located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd. Los Angeles. Those in attendance will get to relive history with Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” in historical costume. The public is welcome between 8 am – 10 am to join us for a special donut festival, including a ceremony to honor veterans, live music, an appearance from Shot Gun Tom Kelly of K-Earth101 and so much more. If you’re a vet the coffee and donut are on us – if you want to say thanks to a vet – the coffee and donut are yours for a small donation. 

In addition, the USS Iowa is offering a special National Donut Day discounted ticket of only $10 to tour the remarkable floating museum where so many veterans served. The celebration will be capped by a $10,000 donation to The Salvation Army Haven program for veterans by the BakeMark company.

Can't make it out to the USS Iowa? No worries! Eating a sweet treat on this holiday is guilt free with a percentage of purchases at more than 1,000 participating donut shops supporting The Salvation Army in feeding, housing, and rehabilitating thousands of homeless local veterans in Southern California. Just look for the National Donut Day poster (shown below) to find a participating location in your neighborhood! 

National Donut Day  commemorates  The Salvation Army women volunteers who cooked donuts on the World War I battlefield, providing nourishment and care for American G.I.s.  The pastries – virtually unknown in the States at the time – proved so popular that when the “doughboys” returned home, their demand for the sweet treat created the culinary phenomenon of the donut – the rest, is history.

In honor of this SWEET day, you can also support The Salvation Army's programs for veterans with an online donation

Learn more about National Donut Day here