Last Friday morning, I got to live two life long dreams. I got to dress up as a donut and hand out donuts to total strangers. I got to join the Indiana Division of the Salvation Army and help say thanks to some of the companies who have donated their time or materials over the last year.
We stopped by a couple businesses to deliver donuts. Everything went well except for our visit to the radio station. I think I got “bad touched” while there. We came out of one business downtown, and we were getting back into the van. As we stepped back into the van, a group came up and asked us for a picture. We got out and put the donut back on and took some pics. In all the excitement, we forgot to close the back of the van. As we were driving away, I noticed the rear door open and that we almost lost the donut costume. That would have sucked. A lost donut costume. That would be a tragedy.
The greatest part was seeing the look on people’s faces as a giant donut walked into their office with two dozen Dunkin Donuts. That costume was DD has one thing correct, America runs on donuts. The sad part of this adventure was that I only got to eat one donut of all the donuts we delivered.
Today, June 1st, is National Donut Day. If you love donuts, you probably already knew that. National Donut Day occurs on the first Friday in June. This glorious day was first celebrated in 1938 to honor the women who served up dounts to the troops during World War One.
National Donut Day started as a fund raiser for the Chicago Salvation Army to honor the Salvation Army Donut Ladies who helped feed the troops stationed in France. At that time 250 women helped cook up donuts for the soldiers starting in 1917. Two of the volunteers(both Hoosiers), Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, created a method of frying the donuts in soldiers’ helmets. The legend has it that these two used a wine bottle as a rolling pin.
I salute these two women and their dedication to the delicacy of donuts.
If you have been following this page this week you have learned about my love of donuts. I HEART DONUTS.
Rumor has it that I might be dressing up as a donut and handing out donut for Donut Day.
This is the final installment to celebrate National Donut Day. Thank you for reading.
“Are you a celebrity?”
I was asked this by one of the fourth graders in my Sunday school class. This question came about after I explained that I was late because I our trip to southern Indiana to help tornado victims was cancelled. I was 30 minutes late for the class that day. My first thought was, “Well, kind of….I mean no…..ok maybe in several zip codes in Indiana….” Of course I said no and laughed in shock. Well, maybe I do wish I was, but I am happy with the life I live.
I did ask the kid why he would think to ask that. His response,”…because you are always doing things.” Ok, that may be true. However, I do them for a reason.
The reason I share some of the things I do with the kids is to show them that I give back and try to help make a difference. I want them to grow up seeing this as an example of how I live my life. Some may do this, some may not, but I want them to see that people do things like this. It is important to lead by example. This is the type of example that today’s youth need to see. They don’t need to see the cast of Jersey Shore walking around half drunk and acting in an obnoxious manner. Or the like. They need to see people helping other people.
Kids also need to see that charity is the work of many people. Each of the pictures I posted for this post showed the people who made each event possible. Team work is very important.
This weekend’s homework assignment – lead by example. Show your kids charity by helping someone.