WATCH: Dunkin’ On Babcock Street in Palm Bay Set to Celebrate National Donut Day On Friday

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SPACE COAST DAILY TV: This year for National Donut Day, Dunkin’ in Palm Bay is declaring that a day for donuts is a day for America by rallying everyone to “Dunk Out” with a donut and enjoy a little more “me time” during their day. Stop in on National Donut Day Friday and receive a free donut with the purchase of any beverage.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This year for National Donut Day, Dunkin’ in Palm Bay is declaring that a day for donuts is a day for America by rallying everyone to “Dunk Out” with a donut and enjoy a little more “me time” during their day.

The store, located at 4897 Babcock Street NE, has been recently remodeled and now offers Palm Bay Dunkin’s U.S. store of the future experience.

Stop in on National Donut Day Friday and receive a free donut with the purchase of any beverage.

With a modern atmosphere and new, innovative technologies and design elements – including the first drive-thru exclusively for mobile ordering – it makes running on Dunkin’ faster and more convenient than ever before.

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods.

Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running.

For more information, visit DunkinDonuts.com

This year for National Donut Day, Dunkin’ in Palm Bay is declaring that a day for donuts is a day for America by rallying everyone to “Dunk Out” with a donut and enjoy a little more “me time” during their day. Stop in on National Donut Day Friday and receive a free donut with the purchase of any beverage.

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National Donut Day is celebrated in the United States on the first Friday of June of each year, succeeding the Doughnut event created by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to honor those of their members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

National Donut Day started in 1938 as a fundraiser for Chicago’s The Salvation Army. Their goal was to help those in need during the Great Depression and to honor The Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.

Soon after the U.S. entrance into World War I in 1917, The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. The mission concluded that the needs of U.S. enlisted men could be met by canteens/social centers termed “huts” that could serve baked goods, provide writing supplies and stamps, and provide a clothes-mending service.

Typically, six staff members per hut would include four female volunteers who could “mother” the boys. These huts were established by the Salvation Army in the United States near army training centers.

Salvation Army volunteers traveled overseas to set up service huts located in abandoned buildings near the front lines where they could serve baked goods.

About 250 Salvation Army volunteers went to France. Because of the difficulties of providing freshly baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, the two Salvation Army volunteers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, came up with the idea of providing doughnuts.

These are reported to have been an “instant hit” and “soon many soldiers were visiting The Salvation Army huts.” Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day, “Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee.”

Soon, the women who did this work became known by the servicemen as “Donut Girls.”

Donut Dollies were women volunteers of the Salvation Army, who traveled to France in 1918 to support US soldiers. A misconception has taken hold that the provision of doughnuts to US enlisted men in World War I is the origin of the term “doughboy” to describe U.S. infantry. But, the term was in use as early as the Mexican–American War of 1846–47.

In the Second World War, Red Cross Volunteers also distributed doughnuts, and it became routine to refer to the Red Cross girls as Doughnut Dollies as well.

The birthday of the United States Marine Corps was once referred to as National Donut Day, in a successful ruse by American prisoners of war at Son Tay prison camp to trick the North Vietnamese into giving out donuts in honor of the occasion.

– Wikipedia contributed to this report.

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