"National Doughnut Day has become a true American tradition, but many don't realize the historical significance of the day. The partnership with The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme brings greater visibility to the importance of the day and the idea of helping those who may have fallen on hard times," said Col. Ron Busroe, Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. "With Krispy Kreme's generous offer of a free doughnut, we hope everyone will extend that generosity by giving back to support their local community."Below are a few additional facts about the history of National Doughnut Day and the Salvation Army:
- Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
- With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army's Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers' helmets.
- Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's 3,500 officers, 63,000 employees and 3.3 million volunteers.