Have you ever heard of Nation Donut Day? I didn't until I read about it, so of course I had to look it up and lo and behold, the first Friday in June every year is National Donut Day.
The Holiday has been observed since 1938 where it started as a fundraiser for the Chicago Salvation Army. It was created to help those in need during the Great Depression and to honor the Salvation Army "Lassies" of World War I, who served donuts to soldiers on the front lines.
The Chicago Salvation Army has it listed on their site as one of their campaigns as well as gives the history of donut day on another page.
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 funds collected now will go to help support numerous programs for children, youth, seniors, families, and homeless.
According to USA Today, to celebrate the National Donut Day, Krispy Creme is giving away free donuts at stores across the USA.
That is my idea of a holiday!