If you haven’t heard, today is National Donut Day! You can nosh a free donut or buy donuts for your office and family. Today, you can stop feeling guilty for indulging in a donut during the afternoon or evening. It’s allowed today. You can get free donuts today at Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, and other local places. If you’re not sure, just ask. Or you can participate by buying your office some lip-smackingly good donuts and send a video greeting card letting everyone know they can help themselves.

National Donut Day didn’t start because we love donuts so much, we just had to have a special day for it. That’s why people celebrate it today, but that’s not the origin. It was actually started by the Chicago Salvation Army. It started in 1938 as a fundraiser to help families in need during the Great Depression. During World War I,  volunteers (donut lassies) fried donuts in the helmets and served them to soldiers. Soldiers then became known as “doughboys.” So to help needy families here on the home front, the Chicago Salvation Army used donuts to raise money and awareness of programs that help the needy.

You can learn more about the history of Donut Day and share some of this info in your video greeting card. It’s not too late to send on in honor of WWI veterans and those who help those who can’t help themselves.