Tomorrow is National Donut Day and to celebrate the Duluth Salvation Army will bring donuts to veterans groups in Duluth.

The donut deliveries will happen mid-morning tomorrow (Friday, June, 1st) to the following locations:

• American Legion 5814 Grand Ave.
• Duluth Vet Center 4402 Haines Rd.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars 2023 W. Michigan St.
• Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans 5209 Ramsey St.

National Donut Day was started in 1938 in Chicago in honor of The Salvation Army “Doughnut Girls.”

In 1917, The Salvation Army began support for U.S. soldiers fighting in France during World War I. About 250 volunteers traveled overseas and set up small huts located near the front lines where they could give soldiers clothes, supplies and, of course, baked goods.

After discovering that providing baked goods was hard to do volunteers began making donuts in soldiers’ helmets, these ladies became known as “Donut Lassies” and are credited with popularizing the donut in America when the troops (nicknamed “doughboys”) returned home from war.