Today is National Donut Day! If you aren't familiar with National Donut Day and why Americans love to celebrate it, don't worry, you soon will be. All you have to know is that if you are one of the millions who enjoy consuming the tasty cake-like treat, then today is your lucky day. All day on Friday, June 2 you can score free donuts and various donuts deals from several of the top selling donut shops all across the US. Yes, free donuts all day for everyone!
Now, you may be asking why do we celebrate National Donut Day? Actually, there is a very good reason why folks can get a free sugary fix today. According to a USA Today report, National Donut Day, or "Doughnut Day" as some refer to it, was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor all of the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
The official Salvation Army website indicates that this year marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, where the Salvation Army Donut Lassie was born. The Salvation Army "Doughnut Girls" served along the front lines during WWI and WWII, bringing the soldiers free coffee and doughnuts. Who would have thought that such a simple and kind gesture all those years ago would turn out to lead to a yearly event that is great for patrons and charities a like.