Hooray for National Donut Day!
Join us June 1st to celebrate this great American tradition
Bashas is helping us celebrate 101 Years in authentic style!
Doughnut Lassies will be at the following locations to serve delicious donut samples. You might even get to try this year's Winner of Bashas' Annual Donut Flavor Craze Contest!
A portion of its sales will benefit the life-transforming program sand services of The Salvation Army. Now that's sweet!
Join the Fun!
:: 5521 N. Seventh St, Phoenix
:: 4940 S. Gilbert Rd, Chandler
:: 13940 W. Meeker Blvd, Sun City West
:: 5115 N. Dysart Rd, Litchfield Park
;; 20351 N. Lake Pleasant Rd., Peoria
Did you know?
The Salvation Army introduced the donut to America!
During World War I, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to our American soldiers fighting on the front lines in France starting in 1917.
As the young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to fry up in helmets delicious doughnuts for the boys.
These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men doughnuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these doughnuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time.
The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”
The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. They started the Day as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.
And today, 100 years later, we continue that tradition to help raise awareness for the critical services we provide to 30 million Americans in need each year!