Celebrate National Donut Day!

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Friday is National Donut Day, and several stores will help you satisfy your sweet tooth!

But do you know the history of this sweet holiday?

The idea for Donut Day began when the Salvation Army served coffee and donuts to soldiers in the trenches during WWI.

According to the Salvation Army’s website, “rations were poor, so the idea of donuts was conceived as a means of bringing soldiers cheer.”

Here’s some fun facts from the Salvation Army’s website about this event:

  • The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
  • National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
  • With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.

In honor of this fun day, Walmart plans to give away 1.2 million full-sized glazed donuts straight from its bakeries while supplies last.

Krispy Kreme is offering one free donut of your choice, no purchase necessary.

Dunkin Donuts is giving away one free classic donut with the purchase of any beverage. Your choices include bare, cinnamon sugar, and powdered sugar.

Where is your favorite place to get donuts in the Ohio Valley? Let us know!

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