The Salvation Army is celebrating the 78th annual National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 5 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.

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This year, 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 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nominations are being accepted now through May 29. To nominate an organization,  visit or contact Angela DeVries at 616.459.3433 or via email at

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.

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Krispy Kreme is serving as Event Sponsor, providing doughnuts for the Doughnut Day Distribution. Grand Valley State University is serving as Location Sponsor, providing meals and refreshments to Doughnut Day volunteers.

You can 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 their website at