In case you haven’t heard, today is National Donut Day! Free Donuts for everyone! AND – the free donuts do some good. It turns out, Donut Day is a fundraising event for the Salvation Army.
Why donuts, you ask? Well, according to the Salvation Army Web site, “The idea for Donut Day began on the battlefields of France during World War I when Salvation Army workers served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches. Rations were poor so the doughnut idea was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer. Doughnuts were not the reason Salvation Army workers were in the fighting zones of France. Those men and women were there primarily to give spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldier and his allies. They were there to be a link with home and family.”
The Salvation continues to give food and comfort to those in need. In fact, the Salvation Army in Chicago will assist 1.9 million Chicagoans (not all with donuts, though).
Okay, so on to why you’re really reading – how do you score the free donuts? Krispy Kreme is simply giving them away hoping that you’ll donate what you can to the Salvation Army. Dunkin Donuts gives you a free donut with any drink purchase today. They, too, are accepting donations. I’m sure many other donut shops are participating, too (based on our two years in California, Cali should be strongly supporting this effort – they have more donut shops than people!). Plus, in Chicago, you can see all sorts of Salvation Army donut festivities at the Thompson Center (aka State of Illinois building) at lunchtime today.
As for that diet – whatever – free donuts, my friend!!!!