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Why Is National Donut Day Unlike All Other Donut Days?

June 7, 2013

Friday is the 75th annual National Doughnut Day. But where did it come from?

Surprisingly, it was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 as a fundraiser to help the needy during the Great Depression and to honor the women who served doughnuts to military members during World War I.

About 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American troops in France during the war, starting in 1917.

The Salvation Army's Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying the doughnuts in troops' helmets.



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