On National Donut Day, which is this Friday, June 6, The Salvation Army of Alameda County will distribute donuts to the public at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. The distribution will occur from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.
Later, The Salvation Army will travel to the VA Outpatient Clinic in Oakland (2221 Martin Luther King Way) followed by a visit to the VA Medical Center in Livermore (4951 Arroyo Rd.) Donuts will be delivered to the patients and staff of each location.
The first National Donut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the "donut lassies" who helped make the donut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers during World War I.
The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, "doughboys."