APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – It’s the first Friday in June and that means it’s National Doughnut Day.
As a way of showing appreciation to doughnut lovers, some bakeries across the country are having special deals. That would also include right here in Wisconsin.
Since 3 o’clock this morning, residents of Appleton have been flocking to Simple Simon’s bakery to crave their sweet tooth. While those at the bakery have been busy satisfying hungry customers, the day means a little more than just a simple pastry.
“It’s fun,” says Dawn Ebert, third generation bakery owner at Simple Simon Bakery: “It’s doughnuts, everybody likes doughnuts. It started from World War I, there were 11 women from the Salvation Army that went over and were going to feed the soldiers and the only ingredients they could find was something and they came up with the doughnut.”
As a way to celebrate National Doughnut Day, the Appleton bakery decided to put a local spin on the annual tradition. 10% of proceeds made by sold doughnuts today will go toward the local Salvation Army.
“Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army and everyone loves donuts so it’s great to work with a local bakery that everyone loves so that way we can all get something sweet and do something fantastic for the community,” said Alli Oravec, Volunteer Coordinator with the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is planning on putting those proceeds toward the improvement of housing programs in the community.
The dollars we receive from these donuts are going to be going towards an additional building for our housing programs, Project Home. The Project Home building consists of case workers and 12 on-site units that assist their clients on living better lives. Due to the success of the program, The Salvation Army is looking to expand their programs to another building so that they can increase the number of people they are able to help break the cycle of homelessness.
“It doesn’t make sense if we don’t try to help each other in non-profit world and in the business world,” said Ebert. “We have to partner together to make everything work so it just really made sense for us to give back to them.”
Making an annual tradition a whole lot sweeter. If you were unable to make it out to Simple Simon’s today, you can still make a donation online right here.