If you're a regular listener of the Hawk Morning Show, you know that we try to learn one new thing every day. So here's one for today and as an added treat, it's a delicious fact.

I think everyone loves doughnuts. I really love them from Dunkin' and my favorite for Halloween is the Boston Scream. YUM!  So where did the doughnut come from?

We have the Salvation Army to thank and this year it celebrates its 102nd anniversary.

On October 19th, 1917, a Salvation Army lassie handed a fresh doughnut to a homesick doughboy in France. Ever since then the Salvation Army doughnut has stood for loving concern for those in the armed forces.

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 girls,” even when they baked apple pies or other treats. The famous doughnut has stood for loving concern and readiness to help in time of need.

So grab a box of doughnuts and if anyone asks you why, just tell them you're celebrating the anniversary of the doughnut. You'd get no argument from me.

So thank you Salvation Army. You do so many good things for those in need and now we have you to thank for this delicious treat too.


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