I thought National Donut Day referred to every day I was pregnant. But it doesn't. It's today and it occurs on the first Friday of June, each year.
D.D. began in 1938 as a way for the Chicago Salvation Army to raise money for those affected by the Great Depression, and to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Really?! Here's the cute story of how the doughnut got its name, according to Wikipedia:
Soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, the Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that "huts" that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service, would serve the needs of US enlisted men. Six staff members per hut should include four female volunteers who could "mother" the boys. (The canteens/social centres that were established by the Salvation Army in the United States near army training centers were called "huts".)
About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly-baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an "instant hit", and "soon many soldiers were visiting Salvation Army huts." Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day "Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.
How sweet. Mothers taking care of their little soldier boys and filling them with nutritious donuts and pie. How could anyone be expected to fight for democracy without freshly-baked sweets? Be aware friends, donut shops all over the country are giving out free donuts all day today as a means to suck you in. Dunkin' Donuts humanely requires that you at least purchase a beverage before getting the muffin-top-inducing freebie. If you can't resist the temptation and find yourself enjoying that flaky dough, creamy frosting and sprinkles, all melting in your mouth simultaneously while climaxing into a sugar high, just remember, donuts are worse than crack (and crack is whack)! At least with crack you'll still be able to fit into your skinny jeans. Can't say the same about a donut addiction, can you?