Today is National Donut Day. We must be thin on days worth celebrating. Don’t get me wrong, I live in the area that birthed Dunkin’ Donuts, though I prefer Jim’s in Glosta.
Well, Gordon College is celebrating the day today with free coffee and donuts for all campus employees. They’re having contests, like how many and how fast one can swallow one or more of the 10 billion donuts Americans consume every year.
Curious, I looked up the history of this day and found it linked with the Salvation Army. I knew I loved those folks! During WWI, Salvation Army Lassies brought donuts and coffee to soldiers in the trenches of the battlefields in France. In 1938 the day became official, as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army’s ministry , which includes feeding the hungry.
Last year 30 million Americans received assistance from the Salvation Army. Today’s a good day to see a donut as a way of tossing a ring of hope, a lifesaver to folks who frequent the Salvation Army’s food pantries, meals on wheels and soup kitchens. Whatever we donate, this trustworthy organization knows how to multiply the effectiveness to bless the hidden hungry in our country and those starved for more than food.
Good thing I’m in California among the kale and hearty folk. No sign of a doughnut for miles around.
Back home, I’d be tempted to head to campus and swallow more than my pride.
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