MUSKEGON, MICH. - National Donut Day is Friday, June 2 and to celebrate, Ryke's Bakery is making "Donuts for a Cause."
Stop in at either Ryke's location, Muskegon or Grand Haven (or both!), and get an original replica "Salvation Army War Donut" when you make a donation to The Salvation Army.
Ryke's is also teaming up with First General Credit Union with a kettle match – meaning all donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500.
The Salvation Army has been associated with donuts since World War 1 – it all started on the battlefields of France in 1917, when Salvation Army "lassies" (young female Salvationists) used make shift arrangements to prepare fresh donuts for the troops. The donuts were an instant hit and production of donuts to serve to the troops kicked into high gear.
Before WWI, donuts were not as widely known in the U.S., but soldiers returning from the war brought back their experience with Salvation Army donuts, and local bakers soon caught on to fulfill the demand.
The Salvation Army created National Donut Day in 1938 in Chicago, in response to the need for a fundraiser to support those suffering from the long-term ill effects of the Great Depression. Since 1938, National Donut Day has come to represent a time to stop and reflect on the heritage of the donut, as a sign of service to others, as well as an opportunity to share our history and donuts with the community.
To join in on the fun on social media, share a donut with someone as a reminder that #GivingIsSweet.
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