Mihail Kogălniceanu, Romania
07 JUNE 2024

Donut Day Iunie 2024-244

The Salvation Army Romania is thrilled to announce a historic Donut Day celebration held on 7 June 2024, in joint collaboration with The American Red Cross and USO. This event honored and celebrated the service of the brave men and women stationed at Mihail Kogălniceanu NATO Air Base, including troops from the 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, also troops from the United Kingdom, Finland, Romania, and others. Following the base celebration, the event extended to a local community school where donuts were distributed by The Salvation Army and American soldiers. The event took place from 08:00 to 13:00 and aligns with the traditional National Donut Day, which is observed on the first Friday of June.

Over 1,000 donuts were handed out on the base and at the school in Târgușor nearby, accompanied by refreshing coffee. Despite a blistering heatwave, the event was filled with smiles and laughter, making it a memorable day as the community came together to appreciate the dedication and commitment of our service members working abroad and to celebrate the values the original Salvation Army Donut Lassies of kindness, giving and thankfulness.

Who: Soldiers and personnel at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base; Americans, British, Finnish, Romanians

What: 1,000 donuts and coffee to hand out to celebrate Donut Day and honor and thank our service members and morale and welfare support staff

Where: Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base and Târgușor Primary School

When: Friday, 7 June 2024, 0800-1300

Why: To celebrate the 100 years of boosting morale and welfare support for troops, and celebrating the act of kindness and giving and being thankful in honor of the original Donut Lassies.


Background and Historical Significance:

National Donut Day, celebrated on the first Friday in June, is more than just enjoying delicious donuts; it has its roots in philanthropy. This tradition began during World War I when nearly 250 Salvation Army volunteers, known as “Donut Lassies,” traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as fried confections, supplies, and other services to troops on the front lines.

These “Donut Lassies” fried donuts in small pans and are credited with popularizing the donut in the United States when the troops returned home from the war. The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938 to assist those in need during the Great Depression and to honor the work of the Donut Lassies.

For more than a century, The Salvation Army has continued to provide a wide range of essential services like food, shelter, and emotional and spiritual support to the most vulnerable and to many of the men and women serving on the front lines of need.

To honor the history of Donut Day, The Salvation Army of Romania celebrated by visiting Mihail Kogălniceanu NATO Air Base and local communities.



The Donut Day celebration at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base is a profound gesture of appreciation and recognition for the sacrifices made by our soldiers and to support our local communities. The Salvation Army remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting our troops through various initiatives, reinforcing the bond between the military community and our organization. We invite everyone to join us in recognizing and honoring those who serve with dedication and bravery far from home.

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For more information, please contact:

Dave Haas
Community Relations and Development Manager
The Salvation Army Romania
+40 799 057 120
[email protected]

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international organization founded in London in 1865, has been providing support to those in need for 144 years in the United States and 25 years in Romania, being present in 132 countries. In Romania, the Salvation Army operates centers in six cities: Bucharest, Ploiești, Buzău, Bacău, Craiova and Iași, assisting thousands of Romanians in need through afterschool programs for children, support in humanitarian crises, aid in the event of disasters, support for homeless people, combating human trafficking and many other social services. Visit www.armatasalvarii.ro to learn more.

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