National Doughnut Day is coming up soon, Friday, June 6, and The Salvation Army is celebrating the 77th 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.

The Salvation Army is asking the public to nominate local organizations that are ‘Doing the Most Good’ in Grand Rapids to be surprise recipients of a free dozen doughnuts on Doughnut Day. Doughnut distribution will be on Friday, June 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nominations are being accepted through May 30.

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To volunteer for the distribution event or to nominate an organization, please visit or contact Sandi Howland at (616) 459-3433 or

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.

Krispy Kreme is serving as event sponsor, providing doughnuts for Doughnut Day distribution. Cornerstone University is serving as location sponsor, providing meals and refreshments to Doughnut Day volunteers.

“Doughnut Day provides an opportunity for all of us to remember our veterans as well as to thank those organizations in our community who share the vision of helping those who need it the most,” said Major Bob Mueller, Kent County coordinator. “While everyone enjoys a doughnut during Doughnut Day, we hope they’ll also think about giving back to those less fortunate,” Major Mueller added.

Those who wish may support National Doughnut Day and other local initiatives 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