Valley Pastries Celebrates National Doughnut Day by Giving Back
Valley Pastries in Golden Valley is celebrating National Doughnut Day, held Friday, June, 5, with a humanitarian twist. It’s using the day to help businesses rebuild.
“National Doughnut Day is usually a crazy day. This year we’re choosing to make it all about helping people,” said Mike Getty, co-owner of Valley Pastries.
Doughnut Day, or the simplified spelling version Donut Day, was started by the Salvation Army to bring doughnuts and some normalcy to U.S. troops during WWI.
“We’re letting that resonate this year. We’re going to donate 10 percent of our proceeds as well as all cash and credit card tips provided by customers to help rebuild businesses affected by the unrest here in the last week,” said Getty.
Many businesses suffer one-two punch
Besides property damage during the civil unrest, many businesses are hurting because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s definitely been a challenge since the pandemic here. As you can see we haven’t been able to let people in the store. We’re more on our feet servicing cars as they pull up,” said Getty. “[The riots] didn’t make it any easier. We had to board up with some of the threats around here. Luckily we’ve been able to take the boards off here in the last couple days. People still come up to support us.”
With all the tension, anxiety and difficult challenges going on, Getty says National Doughnut Day seems like a cause for celebration.
“We’re a community business and the community really comes out and, I think, unites around doughnuts. Just to see some smiling faces on the weekends whether they’ve been cooped up with kids, teaching them at home. You get to see people every weekend and everyday coming up to get some doughnuts. It’s a good business to be in right now,” said Getty.
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