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The first Friday of June is National Donut Day, but did you know the history behind it dates back to just a year before World War II? 

The Salvation Army established National Donut Day in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army’s “Donut Lassies,” who made history when they risked their lives to raise spirits and fuel hope by serving thousands of soldiers during WWI, in part by delivering donuts and other sweet treats to those in the war.

If you’re interested, here’s the Donut Lassies’ original donut recipe.

To celebrate National Donut Day, the Salvation Army of North Texas is giving donuts to veteran centers across our city.

Some veteran centers in Lake Highlands include American Legion Post 53 at Plano Road, Disabled American Veterans at Thurgood Lane and Dallas Vet Center on Greenville Avenue.