The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens & Oconee Counties Celebrates the 85th Anniversary of National Donut Day

Help, Hope, and Sweet Holiday Treats That Do Good 

This year marks the 85th anniversary and celebration of National Donut Day, held annually on the first Friday in June. Established in 1938 by The Salvation Army, National Donut Day is not only a great excuse to visit your favorite local bakery but also a reminder of the bravery of The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies” who joined soldiers’ on the front lines during World War I.

In 1917, The Salvation Army volunteers traveled to France and set up makeshift huts to provide soldiers with essential supplies, emotional and spiritual support, and fresh baked donuts. The sweet treat did more than raise spirits; it brought comfort and a taste of home to those who risked their lives.

This year, The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens & Oconee Counties continues serving on the front lines of our community by providing a wide range of programs and services to vulnerable individuals and families in need. The Salvation Army provides spiritual, emotional, and financial care and social services support to more than 40,300 people annually across Greenville, Pickens and Oconee.

On Friday, June 2, from 9 to 11 a.m., in honor of National Donut Day, The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens & Oconee Counties will provide complimentary donuts and coffee while supplies last to people visiting The Salvation Army Family Stores. There are four locations across the Upstate:

  • Greenville Family Store | 203 Rutherford Street, Greenville 29609
  • Taylors Family Store | 5152 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Taylors 29687
  • Clemson Family Store | 500B Old Greenville Highway, Clemson, 29631
  • Seneca Family Store | 513 By Pass 123, Seneca, SC 29678 

In addition, The Salvation Army of Greenville plans to deliver donuts to first responders in the area as a way of saying thank you for serving the community. Donuts were generously provided by Lowe’s Foods in Greenville. The Salvation Army of Oconee will continue their annual tradition of delivering donuts to first responders throughout Oconee County as well.

“Over the last 85 years, The Salvation Army has provided hope and help to those in need across the country as the nation’s largest private provider of social services,” said Major Andrew Kelly, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Greenville, Pickens & Oconee Counties. “Donut Day is a tradition to celebrate the work of the original Donut Lassies by sharing donuts and emotional and spiritual care with our community.”

For more information about National Donut Day or to download the Donut Lassies’ original recipe, visit