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Saturday Jun 15, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

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Some fun facts:

Father's Day: June 16, 2013

The idea of Father's Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father's Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane's mayor because it was the month of Smart's birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Father's Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

How Many Fathers?

70.1 million

Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.
Source: Unpublished data from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation

24.4 million

Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2012.

  • 21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).
  • 3 percent were a subfamily living in someone else's home.

Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html> Tables FG1 and FG3

1.96 million

Number of single fathers in 2012; 16 percent of single parents were men.

  • Nine percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.
  • About 44 percent were divorced, 31 percent were never married, 20 percent were separated, and 5 percent were widowed.
  • 42 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.

Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html> Table FG6

Thinking of You, Dad

7,368

The number of men's clothing stores around the country (as of 2010), a good place to buy dad a tie or shirt.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (44811), <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

15,542

The number of hardware stores (as of 2010), a place to buy hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers and other items high on the list of Father's Day gifts. Additionally, there were 6,764 home centers across the country in 2010.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS codes (444130) and (444110), <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

21,418

Number of sporting goods stores in 2010. These stores are good places to purchase traditional gifts for dad, such as fishing rods and golf clubs.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (451110), <http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

79.1 million

The number of Americans who participated in a barbecue in 2010. It's probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father's Day.
Source: GFK Mediamark Research and Intelligence as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Table 1240.
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source: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff13.html

Friday Jun 07, 2013

Fun Day with a Proud History

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HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY!

National Donut Day Fun Facts:

The Salvation Army:

  • The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army's social service programs.
  • National Donut Day commemorates the "donut lassies," female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
  • Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
  • With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army's Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers' helmets.
  • Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army's 3,600 officers, 64,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.

source: thesalvationarmyusa.org

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