Sweet way to help, June 5

LIHUE — National Donut Day is a nice way to help without all the sweat.

National Donut Day, started by the Salvation Army 78 years ago, serves to raise funds and bring awareness to the organization’s social service programs, such as the Kokua Soup Kitchen.

“We are so pleased to have Daylight Donuts, located at 4100 Rice Street, No. 4, situated behind the Ace Hardware store, partner with us to celebrate National Donut Day on Kauai,” said Maj. Mario Reyes, of the Salvation Army. “We encourage all of Kauai to stop by for a tasty donut, to thank the owners and staff of Daylight Donuts directly, and to support the Salvation Army’s programs on Kauai.”

Friday, June 5 from 6 to 11 a.m., or until supplies run out, people can get a free donut (one per person) at Daylight Donuts to celebrate National Donut Day.

Additionally, 10 percent of sales of additional doughnuts will benefit the Salvation Army.

Reyes said a red kettle will also be available outside the Daylight Donuts for those who want to help even more.

“This is a great (and sweet) way to help without the sweat,” said Erin Erickson of Bali Hai Realty, one of the volunteers working Tuesday at the Salvation Army Kokua Soup Kitchen lunch for anyone in need of a free hot lunch. “Oh, but then, we need to sweat to work off the donut.”

National Donut Day is held the first Friday of June 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 — seven donuts at a time.

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