Today is National Donut Day. Many donut places are giving out FREE DONUTS. For example, Dunkin Donuts will give you a donut with the purchase of any beverage. I think I'm going to go with a Chocolate Cherry Cold Brew (which is only $2 between 2 and 6 p.m.) and enjoy my favorite Boston Kreme Donut.

Maybe you're asking yourself, is this a made-up holiday like Mother's Day? The answer is no and the story goes back over a hundred years ago.

In 1917, a Salvation Army lassie handed a fresh doughnut to a homesick doughboy in France. Helen Purviance, an ensign in the Salvation Army, was sent to France to work with the American First Division.

She and a fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon began making donuts to give to the soldiers. They cheered the doughnuts and soon referred to them as the “doughnut dollies,” even when they baked apple pies or other treats.

The famous donut has stood for loving concern and readiness to help in time of need. Ever since then the Salvation Army doughnut has stood for loving concern for those in the armed forces.

Today the Salvation Army Red Shield Clubs and USO units offer members of the Armed Forces many services from recreational facilities to family counseling. Speaking about the Salvation Army, they have an event called "Bikers For Backpacks" Motorcycle Run & Rally happening in August at Touch of Texas.

Find out how you can help to send children to The Salvation Army's Long Point Camp in Penn Yan this summer free of charge. Thank you Salvation Army....Not only for everything that you do for us but for giving us an awesome reason to eat a donut today.

[via The Salvation Army/Bikers For Backpacks]