By Sarah Glenn
Across America today, people are celebrating the spongey, sugary goodness of donuts. While you would assume that National Donut Day was dreamed up by a marketer with a sweet tooth for profits, its origins are actually as sweet and innocent as the goodie itself.
In early June 1938, a young United States doctor was headed to a military base to treat patients. Knowing the tragedy he would find when he arrived, he stopped by a bakery and picked up eight dozen donuts for the wounded. His patients appreciated it so much that they started buying and giving donuts to other hurting veterans. The Salvation Army eventually picked up on the popularity of the donut among military servicemen and started a fundraising campaign to give every needy and wounded World War I solider a donut. The tradition continued into World war II when Red Cross Volunteers also distributed donuts. The Red Cross nurses were sometimes referred to as â€śDonut Dollies.â€ť
The day took on a life of its own over the years, but the popularity of the donut has never faded.
Today, shops across the country are giving away free donuts and will continue to do so every year, on the first Friday of June.
Hereâ€™s where you can get a deal on donuts in Southeastern Idaho and beyond:
The Donut in Pocatello: Buy two donuts, get a medium coffee free.
Fred Meyer Bakery in Pocatello: Like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter and get a coupon for a free donut.
Albertsons in Pocatello: Free donut samples available after 7 a.m. A dozen glazed donuts discounted to $4.99 per box and individual donuts for 50 cents.
Bakers Dozen in Idaho Falls: Free mini glazed bars and a $1 discount on a box of one dozen glazed ($7 total).
Paradise Donuts in Rexburg: If people like the businessâ€™ Facebook page or follow them on Instagram, they get one free donut with a hole.
Dunkinâ€™ Donuts: Buy a drink get a free donut of your choice. Closest is in Logan, UT.
Krispy Kreme: On free donut per customer as long as they last. Closest location is in Layton, UT.