June 1 is National Donut Day!

donuts croppedIf you love donuts, and love free donuts, look for specials in your town this Friday, June 1 (2018). And remember my grandfather, who made donuts for the troops in World War 1–both at Camp Funston and in France. Remember the Salvation Army women, too, who bravely served along the front lines in France, serving up donuts and coffee to American soldiers who were exhausted and homesick for something familiar–like a donut.

Donut Girl cropped

Poster designed by J. Allen St. John, 1918(?). Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, WW1 Posters, [LC-USZC4-3172].

While you’re at it, remembering what deserves remembering, think about the Chicago chapter of the Salvation Army. In 1938, during the dark days of the Depression, when many Americans needed comfort and a helping hand, they started National Donut Day to raise money for their social programs. Here’s a link to their site, should you want to dig into the history of Donut Day as you dig into your free donut: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/metro/donutdayhistory

And for more reading, I really recommend this book, which refers to the donut story (and much more): Diane Winston, Red-Hot and Righteous: The Urban Religion of the Salvation Army.



One thought on “June 1 is National Donut Day!

  1. This makes me think of a friend who immigrated from Europe (Latvian, then refugee camps) to the US in 1947 or so. They arrived on a big ship and Zinta related how touched they were to be greeted by smiling volunteers offering — you got it– donuts and coffee/cocoa – “They didn’t even know us and they welcomed us to the US and offered us food!”
    Generally, I think donuts are inherently a friendly food, even if not healthy!

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