Who doesn’t love freshly made, still-warm and oozing-with-goodness donuts? Friday, June 5 is a day that everyone can celebrate – National Donut Day! Did you even know that we had such a holiday? If not, here is a brief history lesson (courtesy of Wikipedia) to make you more knowledgeable on this sweet and tasty holiday:
National Doughnut Day started on June 7, 1938 when a young military doctor by the name of Morgan Pett was sent to a military base. On his way there he stopped at a bakery and picked up 8 dozen doughnuts. When he arrived at the base he started helping many wounded soldiers, and would give them a free doughnut. This fund-raiser was later joined with the Salvation Army to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression.
Soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that the needs of US enlisted men could be met by canteens/social centers termed “huts” that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service. Typically, six staff members per hut would include four female volunteers who could “mother” the boys. These huts were established by The Salvation Army in the United States near army training centers.
About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, two Salvation Army volunteers came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an “instant hit”, and “soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts”. Soon, these workers became known by the servicemen as “Doughnut Dollies”.
“Doughnut Dollies were women volunteers of the Salvation Army, who traveled to France in 1918 to support US soldiers.”
So on Friday, June 5- visit a local donut shop and enjoy a sweet treat in remembrance of those who sacrificed for us. We have many options to choose from throughout the Sacramento area. The top shops that we recommend are:
- Marie’s Donuts at 2950 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento Open 11pm-4pm daily
- Sweet Dozen at 5207 Madison Avenue, Sacramento Open 5am- 1pm daily
- Krispy Kreme has several locations through the Sacramento area On Friday, June 5 they will be giving out free donuts for National Donut day!
- Dr. Bobs Donuts & Doyos located at 366 Lincoln Street in Old Roseville. Open Saturdays and Sundays 9am-6pm. They specializes in “Healthy and Delicious” Donuts. You can find Organic, Gluten Free, Vegan donuts…it’s worth the visit to see how “healthy” can really taste.
- Danny’s Mini Donuts at 900 2nd Street in Old Sacramento Open Monday- Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 9am-6pm. Famous for their mini donuts and located across from the Sacramento Railroad Museum, it’s a perfect family stop with the kids while enjoying the sights of Old Sacramento.
If you decide to go out and celebrate National Donut Day or not, I hope this list helps you when you are seeking out your next sweet treat.