During World War I, the Salvation Army served soldiers donuts. And, in 1938, the Salvation Army held its first "National Donut Day" as a way to raise money for the needy during the Great Depression.
Today, we have dozens (yes, pun intended) of establishments throughout the area who serve the delicious round treats. As my public service to you, and as a another shameless plug for #shopIrvine #dineIrvine, here are some places in town where you can celebrate National Donut Day!
Afters, 2738 Alton Parkway (Diamond Jamboree near Alton Parkway)
(top picture: I visited with the franchisee of Irvine's Dunkin' Donuts at Jeffrey Road and Irvine Center Drive the day before they opened in February; below: Donut Star at Alton Square is among Irvine's donut shops who are open 24-hours)