National Donut Day!

Eureka (KIEM)- Today is National Donut Day! In honor of the day, local donut shop, Happy Donuts, threw a celebration!

The day included giveaways, specialty flavors, deals, and a 10-percent donation to the Eureka Police Department and the Salvation Army. While Donut Day is to celebrate the fabulous treats, there is a much deeper meaning behind the sugary snack.

In 1917 in France, a member of the Salvation army gave a homesick doughboy a donut. The donut then became a trademark for the Salvation Army as a symbol for loving concern. Helen Purviance and fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon put their ingenuity to work and patted their first dough by hand. This lead to them making up to 9-thousand a day!

Next time you grab a donut, you’ll know a little more information than the day before.