1. The Origin of National Doughnut Day. According to Wikipedia, National Doughnut Day started on June 7, 1938 when a young military doctor by the name of Morgan Pett stopped at a bakery and picked up 8 dozen doughnuts on his way to a military base he’d been sent to. As he tended the wounded soldiers, he gave each a donut. One of the soldiers, a Lieutenant General by the name of Samuel Geary appreciated the help on his leg, and the doughnut. He and Dr. Pett teamed up to make a fund raiser to give every wounded soldier and the needy a doughnut. This fund raiser was later joined with the Salvation Army during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to their social service programs. It’s celebrated each year on the first Friday of June.
2. A side celebration. National Donut Day also commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
3. A fun fact. With limited resources, the Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance came up with the idea of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. (While I uttered an immediate “Ewwwww” upon reading that fact and envisioned hairy donuts and greasy soldier hair, I had to remind myself that I live in a world where donuts are easy to come by!)
5. It finally makes sense. After years of wincing whenever I heard this goofy expression, I can finally relate to it!
HAPPY DOUGHNUT DAY!