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National Donut Day

The first Friday in June marks one of the sweetest days of the year.

Created by The Salvation Army in 1938.
Celebrated worldwide ever since.

The first Friday of June is the day we celebrate all the warm-and-glazed goodness of donuts. But did you know that donuts and doing good go hand in hand?

The Salvation Army established the first National Donut Day in 1938 to raise funds for those in need during the Great Depression. The day also commemorates The Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” – fearless women who braved the front lines of World War I to deliver warm, fresh donuts to homesick soldiers.

Nearly 83 years later, National Donut Day serves as a delicious reminder of our commitment to spreading goodness throughout the world. And thanks to your ongoing support, we’re able to do the same here in our own backyard.


How we're making This year's celebration extra sweet.

The Salvation Army of North Texas’ culinary students at the Mabee Social Service Center are baking the original donut recipe with executive pastry chef, Chef Eric Cobb, to celebrate National Donut Day.

Our formal culinary arts program provides the skills and training needed for clients to obtain employment in a commercial kitchen or restaurant upon completion as part of our workforce development initiative. In the program, clients learn food and kitchen safety, culinary terminology, recipes, knife skills and how to effectively contribute to the workplace with the opportunity to obtain ServSafe certification as a Food Handler or manager.


Join in on the fun.

You can make your own delicious donuts at home with our original Donut Lassies recipe, available below.