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State College Residents Embrace National Donut Day, It's a Historic Tradition!

by on June 07, 2013 5:22 PM

Penn State student Eric Greene knew he needed coffee before embarking on a three hour trip to visit his THON family in York, Pa.

Today, he picked the right place to get it, also coming away with a free donut from Dunkin’ Donuts as part of National Donut Day.

The premise is quite simple. Purchase a beverage and with it comes a free donut.

Greene happened to be in the right place at the right time. He had never heard of the holiday that occurs every year on the first Friday of June until today, but the tradition goes way back.

National Donut Day dates back to 1938. It was originally created by The Salvation Army in Chicago as a way to honor women during World War I who served donuts to soldiers. It also helped people in need during the Great Depression.

“I wasn’t aware of it until I stepped in the store,” said Greene. “But I’m really glad I found out and am kinda disappointed I didn’t know about it before.”

“I don’t usually eat donuts, but it’s hard to pass one up when it’s essentially free.”

State College resident Tyler Paul took advantage of the opportunity to come away with something extra during his usual trip to the coffee shop.

“It’s rare that I need donuts, but when I do, it’s because it’s National Donut Day,” Paul said.

Both Dunkin’ Donuts establishments in State College said the promotion had led to increased foot traffic in their stores throughout the day.

Amanda Perkins, a shift manager at the Dunkin' Donuts located on the 200 block of West College Avenue said they were busy but not overwhelmed.

Wait time in line was less than five minutes most of the day, and people were still receiving their orders quickly after paying.

Trina Palm, the manager at the shop at 3180 West College Avenue said she was busier than usual, but things were still moving along quickly.

Like a lot of people who lead a busy lifestyle, Maddy Pryor can regularly be found at Dunkin’ Donuts picking up an iced coffee to help get her day started. She was excited to add a donut to her beverage order today.

“I’m here almost year-round for iced coffee, not necessarily donuts, bagels, or sandwiches, but I couldn’t resist today,” she said.

Many see the holiday with war origins turned commercial as an excuse to indulge and live a little.

“I think National Donut Day is a fantastic holiday,” said Catie Simpson. “It’s a day that shows the world that we don’t take ourselves too seriously."

The popular promotion runs through the duration of the day. Additional information on the Dunkin’ Donuts promotion can be found by clicking HERE.

Drew Balis is a Penn State graduate, freelance reporter and frequent contributor to
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