Friday, June 3, 2016
Did you get a free doughnut or two today?? I hope so.... If you did then you know that today June 3rd is National Doughnut Day. Be ready for the first friday in June 2017 so that you get that free doughnut next year as well. We all love donuts. Those delicious deep fried treats.
Did you know that Donuts did not make their appearance in the U.S. until the mid 1800's?? Rumor is that the doughnut shape came about by using a tin pepper box to punch a hole in the center. Those were the original donuts. Now there are a great variety of donuts including twists, fritters and filled donuts. My favorites are the old fashioned glazed doughnut.
We all love doughnuts or at least it seems we do. The first doughnut day came to pass due to the efforts of a doctor in the military in the first World War. He sought to brighten the day of the wounded soldiers he worked on. On his first day to the Military Base, he purchased 8 dozen doughnuts and gave one to each soldier he worked on. One Lieutenant Samuel Geary loved the gesture and started a fundraiser so the young doctor Morgan Pett to continue to deliver doughnuts to his patients.
The salvation army started social centers to help provide all sorts of amenities including doughnuts to the soldiers. Volunteers were sent to France to help organize the huts. Most of the workers were female and they soon were known as "Doughnut Dollies" The soldiers lives were impacted as a result and the Salvation army continues the day as a fundraiser for the organization.
While enjoying your free doughnut take a moment and think about donating or volunteering to make someone smile.