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Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

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Today, the first Friday in June, is National Donut Day. For me, and I’m sure for most others, my first thought went to visions of eating those round sugary treats with a hole in the middle. However, that’s not what this day’s really about…

CNN published a nice article which explained the significance of this day:

Started by the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938, the day honors the group’s “donut lassies,” who served treats and provided assistance to soldiers on the front lines during World War I.

So National Donut Day is not about satisfying your sugar craving at all. Instead it’s a day to remember through volunteering or donating to the Salvation Army – a much more altruistic sentiment.

For those wanting a sugar fix, your day is National Doughnut Day in November. As a Brit, I’m still unsure as to the correct spelling of this indulgence in the States, but I’m encouraged by the use of the word ‘doughnut’ for this other day. As outlined in an earlier post, there are several different names used in the U.K., of which I’m most familiar with doughnut and the perfectly named yum-yum.

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