IRON MOUNTAIN – It’s smooth, sweet, powdery, fried, and sometimes topped with frosting and nuggets. Every year, donut lovers celebrate the day dedicated to gluttony on the first Friday in June.
What many don’t know is that the sweetest day of the year – National Donut Day – has a deeper meaning.
“It became a public holiday thanks to the work of the Salvation Army during World War I”, The director of the Salvation Army’s Bread of Life Assistance Center, Tara Blagec, said.
The volunteers of the organization, known as “Donut Lassies,” traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support as well as fried confectionery, supplies and other services to troops on the front line. the “Donut Lassies” donuts fried in small casseroles – or helmets if casseroles were not available – and are credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when troops returned home after the war.
The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938 to help those in need during the Great Depression and to honor the work of the “Donut Lassies.”
To celebrate National Donut Day and to show their appreciation, the Dickinson County Salvation Army on Friday delivered 24 dozen freshly made donuts to local law enforcement agencies and several of their community partners.
Blagec and case manager Jennifer Witte made numerous special deliveries, including unscheduled shutdowns.
“We even stopped at a few local foundries and made those who were outside smile” said Blagec. “We are having fun.”
“The Tadych Family Market made the donuts fresh that morning and we packed them for delivery,” said Blagec.
Each box was labeled with the Salvation Army with a note saying: “We thank you very much for your service and your commitment to our community. “
Blagec said the local agency started the annual delivery after an open house at their location, 145 Roseland St. in Kingsford on National Donut Day, and served – what else? – donuts and coffee for visitors.
“Since then we have continued to give a little thanks and spread a little joy. “ she said.
Blagec also hopes to expand the event next year.
“I thought maybe to involve our local bakeries”, she said. “For that day, they could possibly donate part of their donut sale to the Salvation Army.”