It Began With Our Troops: National Doughnut Day

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Each year, the first Friday of June is tagged as National Doughnut Day in America. On National Doughnut Day, doughnut experts like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts offer special deals on their most immaculate creations, and in general, celebrate the joy of doughnuts with the public. But the holiday didn’t start there.

National Doughnut Day started with our troops.

The doughnut event was created by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to honor those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

In the Second World War, Red Cross Volunteers also distributed doughnuts, and it became routine to refer to the Red Cross girls as Doughnut Dollies as well.

In Chicago, National Doughnut Day is still a fundraiser for The Salvation Army. While we all love a good donut (some with a glaze, some with a frosting, some with some jelly inside of it), we are glad the tradition continues on.

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