June 1: National Donut Day

What’s better than enjoying a donut fresh from a local bakery or retailer? Why, it’s enjoying a free donut on National Donut Day in support of The Salvation Army in Hawaii on June 1! On June 1 various retailers and bakeries will host donut day promotions or donate a portion of their sales to The Salvation Army to celebrate National Donut Day. Support us by enjoying fresh donuts from our partners on June 1! Find locations and details below.


Regal Bakery Locations
6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – customers will receive one free donut at both Regal Bakery locations. And, customers can make monetary donations at The Salvation Army Red Kettle and take their photo with a Donut Lassie. A percentage of sales of additional donuts during the event will benefit The Salvation Army

Dunkin' Donuts
Customers can purchase a special donut heart-shaped donut for $1.29 at all four Dunkin’ Donuts locations on Oahu. The donuts will be specially made one-day only as hearts, white frosted with red stripes, to honor The Salvation Army National Donut Day. For every special donut sold, Dunkin’ Donuts Hawaii will donate 100 percent of the sale to Salvation Army. While supplies last.

7-Eleven Hawaii Stores
Oahu Only - Customers can purchase a six-piece assortment cake donut pack on Oahu for $7.11 and 10 percent of the net proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army. Statewide - During June, 7-Eleven Hawaii will donate the proceeds of its Canister Change Program from all statewide locations to The Salvation Army, benefitting Corps programs on each island.

Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – customers purchasing 12 malasadas will receive one additional malasada free [Special Baker’s Dozen]. Special National Donut Day flavors will include lilikoi and matcha. Customers can make monetary donations at The Salvation Army Red Kettle and take their phot with a Donut Lassie.

The Salvation Army Thrift Stores
Customers will receive a coupon for one free Dunkin Donut redeemable at any Dunkin’ Donut Hawaii Restaurant on Oahu. While supplies last. In addition, customers will receive a free donut in-store, while supplies last.

Tripler Army Medical Center
The Salvation Army is partnering with Disabled American Veterans. 9 a.m. to noon - free donuts will be provided in the Spark Matsunaga Clinic area, while supplies last.


Daylight Donuts
6 a.m. to 11 a.m. – customers will receive a free glazed donut, while supplies last. A percentage of sales of additional donuts during the event will benefit The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store Lihue
All day special - 25 percent off all thrift store items except furniture.


Krispy Kreme
7 a.m. to 11 a.m. – customers will receive a free glazed donut, while supplies last. Customers can make donations at The Salvation Army Red Kettle and take a Donut Lassie photo.

The History Of Donut Day

Approximately 100 years ago, The Salvation Army was there to feed weary soldiers during World War I. Today, we’re still here for the weary, hungry, and those in need. Join us in celebrating our rich history of serving others on National Donut Day.

In 1917, nearing the end of World War I, The Salvation Army established a mission to provide for the needs of U.S. soldiers fighting in France.

Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers traveled overseas to set up service “huts” located in abandoned buildings near the front lines where they could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and offer a clothes-mending service to the soldiers in battle.

When providing freshly baked goods proved to be a difficult feat considering the hut’s conditions, two entrepreneurial Salvation Army volunteers named Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought to fry donuts in soldiers’ helmets, despite their limited ingredients and facilities. The volunteers were capable of frying seven donuts per batch. The sweet treats, along with the warm hearts and glowing smiles of those who served them, brought a bit of comfort to American soldiers who were serving their country and likely missing the care of their mothers and special ladies back home.

Nicknamed “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls”, these women made history by introducing this otherwise unknown confection to the United States when the “Doughboys” returned from war.

The first National Donut Day was established in Chicago in 1938 to raise money for people in need during the Great Depression. The holiday has since been celebrated on the first Friday in June as a way to commemorate the service of The Salvation Army’s Doughnut Lassies and honor the memory of our soldiers.

The donut has become synonymous with The Salvation Army’s social services and continues to be a comfort food served by The Salvation Army to those in need during times of disaster.Today, Salvation Army workers continue to care for and comfort thousands of people each day who battle hunger around the world and here in Hawaii.