Celebrate National Donut Day this Friday with The Salvation Army Ashland Kroc Center!

Jun 5, 2024 | by LeeAnn Hastings, Mkg Spec

Join the fun by stopping by the Kroc Center on June 7 to receive a FREE DONUT!

ASHLAND, OH -- June 4, 2024 — The first Friday in June is America’s sweetest holiday — National Donut Day. Celebrated on June 7 this year, The Salvation Army is, in fact, the inspiration behind its founding and why it is still celebrated today. 

In 1917, The Salvation Army’s brave volunteers traveled to France during World War I to bring critical supplies and provide meaningful spiritual and emotional support to the soldiers who were risking their lives on the front lines. The volunteers were nicknamed “Donut Lassies” for the donuts they fried and served to thousands. Not only were the sweet treats delicious, but they also boosted morale and offered a sense of comfort to homesick soldiers. 

In 1938, The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Donut Day in Chicago as a fundraiser to help those in need during the Great Depression and to commemorate the work of the Donut Lassies, who brought much-needed hope in a time of darkness.

Now, over 80 years later, The Salvation Army continues to provide essential services and programs to vulnerable communities in nearly every ZIP code.

Here in Ashland County, The Salvation Army helps 28,000 residents with hot meals and/or the food pantry assistance each year, 4,048 kids are served through the Summer Food Service Program, which helps families who normally receive free or reduced lunches during the school year. And in 2023, The Ashland Kroc Center distributed over 1,541 Christmas gifts to Ashland County families

“National Donut Day is a special holiday for us and serves as a reminder of the brave work we do every day for the good of our neighbors,” says Dan Lawson, PhD, Director of Community Relations and Development. “We are proud to be a part of the nation’s largest nongovernmental provider of social services and help the Ashland County community.”

To thank the families and individuals who support The Salvation Army’s mission with their memberships to The Ashland Kroc Center, we’re inviting them to celebrate National Donut Day with us on Friday, June 7 and receive a FREE DONUT starting at 8 a.m. 

The community is also invited to join in the fun of National Donut Day by stopping by the Kroc Center on June 7 to learn more about services, take a tour of the facility, receive a FREE DONUT and learn more about our special membership for the summer:
•    Three-Month Family Membership: $225
•    Three-Month Adult Membership: $120
•    Three-Month Senior Membership: $105
•    Three-Month Youth Membership: $90

Thank you to Brew’d Coffee & Donut Shop, Buehler’s Fresh Foods Ashland, and Miller’s-Hawkins Markets for generously providing donuts for the Ashland celebration. 

To stay up-to-date on the latest classes and events, please follow Ashland Kroc Center on Facebook or @AshlandKroc on Instagram.


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