There are certain holidays that demand you cheat on your diet. These days are not optional and are guilt free. Thanksgiving is one. 4th of July is another, and National Donut Day.

National Donut Day goes all the way back to 1938 as a fund raiser for Chicago's The Salvation Army. It was the Great Depression, people were hungry. It was also to send some love to the  "Lassies" of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers.

It was difficult to provide freshly baked goods to the soldiers on the front lines. So two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) came up with the idea of providing donuts and coffee. It was an instant hit. Soon there were lines out the tent doors.

There are three other donut holidays. There is International Jelly-Filled Donut Day held on June 8th. National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day is September 14th. National Buy a Donut Day occurs on October 30th, which also happens to be my birthday, but no one has ever bought me a donut on that day. I feel cheated.

Here in Cheyenne Wyoming I decided to celebrate National Donut Day at The Donut Shop On Central, which has been open at their new location for just a couple of weeks. They were formally known as Daylight Donut.

Vanny Leas, the owner of The shop on Central - formerly known as Daylight Donut &Chinese Restaurant. You can now find them at 416 Central Ave, just over the viaduct!

Considering the history we can actually say that we are are doing our patriotic and religious duty when we celebrate National Donut Day in America.