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It’s National Doughnut Day!

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The first National Doughnut Day was created by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served doughnuts to the soldiers in Europe during The Great War.

It was a fund raiser for the Chicago branch of the Salvation Army.

During WW I, about 250 women went across the pond and established doughnut huts where they made pies, doughnuts and coffee.

Some days they served as many as 300 doughnuts and 700 cups of coffee to the doughboys fighting the Kaiser!

They were called Doughnut Dollies.

Doughnut Dolly

In World War II, the task was taken over by the Red Cross.  They were called Doughnut Dollies as well.

So, today when you stop at Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts, remember the women who went into harm’s way to bring a little joy into the lives of the troops.

Doughnuts

 

 

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