Today is National Doughnut Day, a special occasion for those with a sweet tooth. But this day is more than just a marketing scheme invented by coffee shops.
This "food holiday" dates all the way back to 1938. A branch of the Salvation Army in Chicago began making doughnuts to send overseas to soldiers serving in World War I as a way to boost morale and let them know there were people at home thinking of them. The project was also seen as a way to raise awareness and funding for the organization's other work within the community. The tradition was picked up again during World War II, and was so popular that it spawned the slogan, "donuts will win the war!"
So perhaps today, as you're sinking your teeth into one of these delicious treats, you might remember that the day was brought about with our nation's pride and morale at heart.
Now, onto the good stuff. Here's a quick list of where you'll be able to take advantage of some doughnut specials around the island:
- Alfonso's or Cake Chef, of Castleton Corners
- Dunkin Donuts, of course! (Various locations.)
- Holtermann's, of Great Kills
- Not Just Bagels, of Dongan Hills
- Piece A Cake, of New Dorp
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