Friday is National Donut Day, and the Salvation Army is spending the day delivering thousands of donuts to customers across the country.
In Brown County, the Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay was at all three Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe locations, handing out classic WWI-era donuts for free. All day, $2 of every dozen donuts purchased are being donated to the non-profit organization, and coffee is free for veterans. Additionally, Uncle Mike’s is matching all donations made to the charity’s red kettles in their stores.
“Anything we can do to help out the community, we like to do, so we’re helping the Salvation Army do that,” says the bakery’s owner, Mary Vande Walle.
Started by the Salvation Army in 1938, National Donut Day was created to honor the “donut lassies” that served the treats to soldiers on the front lines of World War I. The holiday also simply celebrates the joy of eating the delicious treats.
“Who doesn’t like donuts?” Vande Walle asks, laughing. “It’s the best thing in the world!”