Eating doughnuts is not something we tend to avoid, especially when they are given out for free. Friday, June 3rd signals National Doughnut Day. It is a once a year occasion when doughnut shops around the world parse out fantastic deals to customers allowing us all to indulge in the spoils of sugar. But did you realize this special day was created by the Salvation Army?
Indeed, it wasn't a marketing gimmick by someone in the Krispy Kreme front office, it was a fundraising event created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the work of "doughnut girls."
These hardworking young ladies were given the task of feeding our troops during World Wars I and II. They would assemble the doughnuts and fry them on the battlefield, providing soldiers a much needed sugar infusion amidst wartime food shortages.
Salvation Army volunteers were also responsible for giving troops clothes, writing supplies, and stamps to mail the letters home.
On the first Friday of June we commemorate these brave women as well as honoring the soldiers they served. There clearly isn't a more delicious method of doing so.