The first Friday in June is always National Doughnut Day. This year that’s June 3rd. The holiday first came up in 1938, created by the Salvation Army to honor those members that went to France during World War 1. Since it was right in the middle of the great Depression it was also used as a way to feed those who could not feed themselves and as a fund raiser to help with special projects for the Salvation Army. It is still used as a fund raiser in Chicago even today!
Some 250 women went to Europe to serve our boys “over there”. They made pies and coffee but by far the most popular item was the doughnut. The Salvation Army girls were called “Doughnut Girls”.
The American Red Cross also sent out ladies with doughnuts during World War 1, they were called “Doughnut Dollies”.
Doughnuts are apparently an All-American thing. The first person to claim making doughnuts was Hanson Gregory in 1847 aboard a lime-trading ship, but this claim is somewhat unlikely since Paul R. Mullins referred to doughnuts in a book he wrote back in 1803. Washington Irving also mentions the doughnut in a book he wrote in 1809. It does, however, apparently come from the Dutch-American community.
Well whoever came up with the doughnut first we are very thankful. Something else to be thankful for is free doughnuts! Celebrate Doughnut Day with the following companies…
… with the purchase of a drink. Or at…
…where you can get a doughnut for free with no purchase, and you can get any kind of doughnut you want!
How to celebrate: Go get your free doughnut! Learn how to make doughnuts of your own at home. Pretend it’s World War 1 and have a doughnut party!