National Donut Day!

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- It's the 75th annual National Donut Day!

Yetta Gibson spent part of her morning at LaMar's Donuts where she learned the history of National Donut Day. Yes, there's a history and it's an interesting one.

Salvation Army Donut Girl Stella Young

The Salvation Army actually created National Donut Day in 1938 to honor the woman -- the Salvation Army Lassies -- who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

"This is a very significant day in the Salvation Army" Maj. Harry Lacey said. "The Salvation Army is all about giving."

"National Donut Day has become a true American tradition in which The Salvation Army and Entenmann's Bakery asks the general public to remember those who fought in World War I, as well as their neighbors who may have fallen on hard times," said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army.

National Donut Day also was a way to raise funds for the Salvation Army's social services programs during the Great Depression. It actually still is a fundraiser for the organization. You can text "donut" to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. The one-time donation will be added to your mobile bill.

National Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June each year.

Salvation Army Lassies' Original Donut Recipe
5 cups flour
2 cups sugar
5 tsp. baking powder
1 ‘saltspoon’ salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1 tub lard

Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.

Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out donut circles, be creative! Salvation Army donut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)

Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the donuts gradually. Turn the donuts slowly several times.

When browned, remove donuts and allow excess fat to drip off.

Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

Make 4 dozen donuts

Too hot to make your own donuts?

Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut to all customers at participating locations.

At participating Dunkin' Donuts, customers will get a free donut with the purchase of a beverage.

LaMar’s Donuts nationwide will offer one free donut to each guest, with no purchase necessary.

What's you favorite kind of donut? Tell us below!