Donut Inspired Products (and History) For National Donut Day.

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Today is National Donut Day. In its honor, I’m sharing with you how it came about and some fun products you can buy (besides donuts, of course) to celebrate.

History Of National Donut Day (via wikipedia):
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. One man he helped was a Lieutenant General by the name of Samuel Geary. Samuel Geary greatly appreciated the help on his leg, and the doughnut (as he was a very comical man) so he decided to make a fund raiser with Morgan Pett to give every wounded soldier, and the needy a doughnut.

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above: The Donut Robot, a frying machine patented in 1966 by Belshaw Thomas E, Scott Glendon H, Wilke Wilbur D

This fund raiser was later joined with the Salvation Army. 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, the two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) 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”. Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day: “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.” Soon, these workers became known by the servicemen as “Doughnut Dollies”.

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above image: Salvation Army “War Cry” magazine, November 9, 1918

Donut-Inspired Products

Donut Pooffe (ottoman):
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Buy it here

Donut Pillow/Cushion:
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Buy the Jumbo Pink Sprinkle Donut 24″” Pillow Cushion

Donut Pool Float:
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Buy the Big Mouth Toys Gigantic Donut Pool Float

Crystal and Enamel Donut pendant:
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Buy iClovers Enamel Collections White Donut Necklace with Crystals – 20mm

12″Plush Donuts from Kid Robot:
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Buy the Kidrobot 12″ Plush Donuts

Donut Wrapping paper:
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buy it here

Donut iPhone 5 case:
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Even for the dog.
Donut pet beds by Room Candy (no longer in business) and Dreams Sweet are very hard to find. Some may still be available on ebay:
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Buy Donut books, recipes, Stories and Coloring Books and more here

Donut chains handing out free donuts today can be found here

Find tons of donut pics and donut-related tweets by using #DonutDay on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

The National Donut Day site