I found out when I went to get my free donut(s) at Flatiron that National Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army commemorating the ‘donut lassies’, female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending, home cooked meals and of course donuts for soldiers on the front line. This started in 1917 for the American soldiers in France during WWI.
With limited resources, the Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldier’s helmets.
Information is from a leaflet the Salvation Army passed out along with the free donuts and other goodies (donuts courtesy of Entenmanns, yum!)
The sketch is how I would like to eat my donut!!