You can trace the roots back to 1938. According to our good pal Wikipedia, National Donut Day began when the Salvation Army distributed donuts to soldiers during World War I.
One volunteer wrote: "Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee." Which sounds pretty much like heaven to me.
Then, in 1938, in honor of that, the Chicago Salvation Army started Donut Day as a fundraiser.
Today you can visit Krispy Kreme and get a free donut. Dunkin Donuts will also give you a free donut, but you must purchase a beverage.
But wherever you get one, just make sure you get one. Today is Donut Day, the holiest day of the year. Take, eat, share. Donuts are good. And so are you.