Friday, June 7th is the big day.....National Doughnut Day!

The Salvation Army is celebrating the 76th annual National Doughnut Day by giving away 2,000 free Krispy Kreme doughnuts. The Salvation Army is widely credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States by feeding American soldiers the tasty confection during World War I.

National Doughnut Day was first celebrated in Chicago in 1938 to help the needy during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of The Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” who served soldiers during the War. The first Friday in June each year marks an important date in American food history and raises awareness for the critical services that The Salvation Army provides to those in need each day.

So, the Salvation Army is asking everyone to nominate local organizations that are “Doing the Most Good” in Grand Rapids to be a surprise recipient of a free dozen doughnuts on Doughnut Day. Distribution will take place on Friday, June 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nominations begin immediately and will conclude on May 28.

To nominate an organization, please visit or contact Angela DeVries at 616.459.3433 or via email at

If you would like to support National Doughnut Day and other local initiatives, you can do so by sending financial gifts directly to The Salvation Army, 1215 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3849 or by calling 616.459.3433. For more information, please visit our website at