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History behind National Doughnut Day: Started after WWI in honor of 'Donut Lassies'

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-08 11:45:42-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — While National Doughnut Day is a great excuse to indulge in a sweet treat, it also has a long history.

According to the Salvation Army, the day was created in 1938 in honor of "Donut Lassies," who were women who served donuts to U.S. soldiers during WWI. It's every first Friday of June.

Salvation Army spokesperson Leslee Rogers said these women, who were volunteers, played a large role in the war.

"[They were] right in the trenches, they provided coffee and sandwiches and donuts to those soldiers so they would feel a little bit of home when they were fighting in those trenches in World War I," said Rogers.

This year, she dropped off six Salvation Army kettles to Las Vegas doughnut shops on National Doughnut Day to collect donations as people celebrated the sweet day. She said next year, she hopes to have more kettles around town.