In the healthcare world we observe a lot of special days, and rightfully so. As an example, this month (June 2011) is being recognized as Aphasia Awareness Month, Fireworks Eye Safety Month, Hernia Awareness Month, Home Safety Month, Men’s Health Month, Scleroderma Awareness Month, and Vision Research Month. Although each of these efforts is important, sometimes all of these health observances get to be a bit much.
Of course, there’s a great big world out there beyond healthcare. The people at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts reminded me of that yesterday when they sent me an email blast announcing that today (Friday) is National Doughnut Day. Each guest who visits a participating Krispy Kreme location today gets a free doughnut! Now I’ve heard that there might be some controversy around the spelling of National “Doughnut” Day. The rumor is that the folks at Dunkin Donuts spell it National “Donut” Day. I haven’t seen the official proclamation to nail down the correct spelling, so that question will go unanswered for now. But I did take a few moments to do some research online and found out some fascinating information about the origins of National Doughnut Day.
Just so you don’t think that this is something started by Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts, Donut Day was first created as a fundraiser for the Chicago Salvation Army in 1938, honoring the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. It always takes place on the first Friday of June. For more info, go to this story on Wikipedia.
Meanwhile, enjoy Doughnut/Donut Day! And if you’ve got a moment, let me know which brand of doughnuts is your favorite. Below is the eBlast I received from Krispy Kreme. They’ve obviously got me pegged as a donut lover.
Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer and Fan of the Donut