National Donut Day 2017 marks a century since the work of the original “Donut Lassies.” Despite discovering that serving baked goods would be difficult considering the conditions of the huts and the limited rations, two officers – Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance – began frying donuts in a small fry pan. These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers.
The Donut Lassies are often credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops returned home from war.
The donut now serves as a symbol of the many social services The Salvation Army provides to more than 25 million people in need each year.
To join in on the fun, share a donut with someone today as a reminder that #GivingIsSweet
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