MOUNT VERNON — This year marks the 85th anniversary and celebration of National Donut Day.

Established in 1938 by The Salvation Army, National Donut Day is a great excuse to visit your favorite local bakery and a reminder of the bravery of The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies” who joined soldiers’ on the front lines during World War I.

In 1917, The Salvation Army volunteers traveled to France and set up makeshift huts to provide soldiers with essential supplies, emotional and spiritual support, and freshly baked donuts. The sweet treat did more than raise spirits; it brought comfort and a taste of home to those who risked their lives.

Today, The Salvation Army continues serving on the front lines of our local communities by providing a wide range of programs and services to vulnerable individuals and families in need. In Knox County The Salvation Army provides spiritual, emotional, and financial care and support to our friends and neighbors in need.

“Over the last 85 years, The Salvation Army has provided hope and help to those in need across the country as the nation’s largest private provider of social services.” said Capt. Christine Moretz. “Today, Donut Day is a tradition to celebrate the work of the original Donut Lassies by delivering donuts and emotional and spiritual care to those in need.”

oN Friday, June 2, in honor of National Donut Day, The Salvation Army of Mount Vernon celebrateD this rich history of the Donut Lassies at First Friday, downtown Mount Vernon.

For more information about National Donut Day or to download the Donut Lassies’ original recipe, visit

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has supported those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865.

Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, visit

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