Friday, June 07, 2013

National Doughnut Day, June 7

National Doughnut Day was created in 1938 to raise much-needed funds during the Great Depression, and to honor the work of World War I Salvation Army volunteers who prepared foods for thousands of soldiers. During World War I, Salvation Army “Lassies” were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave women cooked homemade treats and provided a much needed morale boost to the troops. Often the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the metal helmet of an American soldier. The Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel who were allowed to visit the front lines. Lieutenant Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army’s “first doughnut girl.” This national observation takes place on the first Friday of June each year and celebrates the doughnut or “donut.” Be it sprinkles, chocolate, cream-filled, sugar, cake, powdered, jelly-filled, or glazed, nothing beats a doughnut, a glass of milk, and a good book.

The Great Doughnut Parade by Rebecca Bond
Daisy the Donut Fairy by Tim Bugbird
Donuts by John Edge
Disappearing Donuts by Gail Herman
Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller
Donuts by Elinor Klivans
Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut by Paul R. Mullins
The Donut Chef by Bob Staake
Who Needs Donuts? By Mark Alan Stamaty
A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts: More Than 60 Warn and Fresh Homemade Treats by Dede Wilson

Submitted by Carla Perkins
Avondale Library

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