Why do we celebrate National Donut Day?

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Ever wonder why we celebrate National Donut Day on the first Friday of June? The reason may surprise you.

It all started back in 1938. The Salvation Army founded National Donut Day in Chicago as a tribute to the “Donut Lassies.”

During World War I, the “Donut Lassies” were female volunteers who provided free donuts for soldiers on the front lines.

One of The Salvation Army’s services to clients is providing meals, including donuts.

“With the support of our partners, we have a great opportunity to share National Donut Day with our community. For The Salvation Army, the donut is a symbol of our service, a legacy we continue to uphold in Buffalo, N.Y.” said Major Steven A. Lopes.

To celebrate this year’s National Donut Day, the Salvation Army will be handing out free donuts all around Buffalo, at places such as the Larkin Building and Fox Run senior living.

This will be happening throughout the day.

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