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Friday, June 3 is the day every donut lover has been waiting for with National Donut Day! But did you know that it was actually started by The Salvation Army as a way to raise both funds and awareness by during the Great Depression about it’s service programs? It also honors The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies, volunteers who would serve coffee and donuts to the soldiers at the war front. This tradition continues today as The Salvation Army collects donations for charity.
Here’s the simple answer. Originally, doughnuts were just that. “Nuts,” or lumps of dough. Hence, doughnuts. According to Dictionary.com, American writer Washington Irving (he of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow fame), was the first to put pen to paper about them with the description being whether you spell it donut or doughnut (or even donnut), it’s going to be a great day!
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local deals and free donuts from your neighborhood shops! Lots of independent shops are doing special fundraising events for The Salvation Army and other charities, so “donut” pass up the opportunity to help out and enjoy one of America’s favorite treats!
If you don’t want to have to run out to get your donuts before they are all gone, then perhaps making them at home (and imagine surprising everyone with fresh homemade donuts for breakfast, then check out these links and create the donut, or doughnut, of your dreams.