Donut taste so good

  • Photos courtesy David Sayre/Salvation Army

    War Cry cover in during World War I

  • Photos courtesy David Sayre/Salvation Army

    Making pies for troops during World War I.

  • Photos courtesy David Sayre/Salvation Army

  • Photos courtesy David Sayre/Salvation Army

    Serving donuts to troops.

What’s better than enjoying a donut fresh from a local bakery or retailer? Why, it’s enjoying a free donut on National Donut Day in support of The Salvation Army in Hawaii, today.

“Most people don’t know that The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies first began serving donuts to soldiers on the front lines of World War I in France in 1917,” said Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader for The Salvation Army Hawaiian &Pacific Islands Division. “We will have costumed Donut Lassies at many participating bakery locations and encourage Donut Day fans to share photos via social media using the hashtags #NationalDonutDay and #GivingIsSweet.”

Daylight Donuts’ Lihue location, Regal Bakery’s two Oahu locations, and Krispy Kreme’s Kahului location are partnering with The Salvation Army – Hawaiian &Pacific Islands Division to provide customers with one free donut, while supplies last.

A percentage of sales of additional donuts will benefit The Salvation Army. Event times vary by location.

In June, 7-Eleven Hawaii will donate the proceeds of its Canister Change Program from all statewide locations to The Salvation Army, benefitting Corps programs on each island.

The Salvation Army started National Donut Day as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to their social service programs. Donut Day is held the first Friday of June each year and commemorates “Donut Lassies,” female volunteers for The Salvation Army in World War I, who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals (including donuts) to soldiers on the front lines.

The Donut Lassies would fry donuts in the soldiers’ helmets on the front lines…just seven donuts at a time.

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