It’s National Donut Day, And For Once, There’s A Legitimate Reason Behind It

It is a national ~something~ day every day of the year, that’s not news.

My primary source of information on such days are a trending hashtag, and that relatively represents the extent to which I celebrate. I’ve seen national grilled cheese sandwich day, national peanut butter and jelly day, and on April 25th we celebrated the beloved national zucchini bread day.

There is bound to be something to celebrate every day of the year, considering that there are over 1,200 nationally recognized days to celebrate, according to the questionably reputable,

I don’t know what the pre-requisites are to getting a national day, so I looked into it, and here is what they say for registration:

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Seems legit. I’ll get to applying for “National Two Buttons Deep Day” later.

Anyways, one of the more notable days of unencessity is National Donut Day. I know it because Dunkin’ gives away a free donuts today, and where there’s free – there’s me. 

What’s interesting though is the fact that national donut day is not just a random parade being thrown, this day of festivity derives from something a little more notable than America’s desire for extra caloric intake.

This day “celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.”

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe.  Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”  A more standard spelling is donut.
So that’s it, NDD (yeah I appreciated) is for the good gals of WWI and the stem of America’s problem with self-induced diabetes.
Where to celebrate today? Here’s a list:
Cumberland Farms: This one is for the early birds. Head to one of Cumberland Farms’ newly renovated convenience store locations between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. for a free doughnut with the purchase of any hot or iced coffee, tea, fountain soda or HYPERFREEZE beverage.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Celebrate all day long by stopping at any participating Dunkin’ Donuts to receive a free classic donut with any beverage purchase.
Entenmann’s: Forget doughnut day…how about free doughnuts for a whole year? Entenmamnn’s is running a National Donut Day sweepstakes from May 17 through July 15 with multiple ways to win. Donut miss out.
Krispy Kreme: Pick a doughnut, any doughnut, and it’s yours to enjoy for free, no other purchase necessary. Now that’s a pretty sweet, simple deal.
Tim Hortons: How about a two-for-one? The fast-food chain is offering a free classic doughnut with the purchase of a brewed hot or iced coffee. Stop by on June 2 and mention “National Doughnut Day” for your free treat.
Go ahead, it’s cheat year.

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