Today is National Coffee Day, a day set aside to celebrate the beverage the gives you that jolt before you head off to work or school.  Back in the 1960’s in Lackawanna County Coffee Day was a day to raise money for Easter Seals.

On Coffee Day, people would purchase a “Buck-A-Cup” button and that button would entitle them to a free cup of coffee at participating restaurants in the county. The program locally was organized by Easter Seals and the Northeast Pennsylvania Restaurant Association.

Here are a few photos from over the years of Coffee Day –

Dixieland band from Local 120 American Federation of Musicians sets the tempo as Coffee Day Caravana sets out on tour of Lackawanna County on March 26 1964 to raise funds for the Crippled Children and Adult’s Society (now know as Easter Seals). Times-Tribune Archives

Walter Goerlitz, right, liasion chairman of “Coffee Day” for the Scranton area sells “Buck A Cup” pin to Richard M. Walsh, cochairman of the Easter Seals campaign and second vice-president of the local society for crippled children and adults, one April 12, 1960. Peter J. Kaldes, chairman of “Coffee Day” is the left. Times-Tribune Archives

Coffee Day Caravan toured downtown Scranton on April 6 1966 to promote sale of “Buck-A-Cup” buttons for the benefit of Lackawanna County Society for Crippled Children and Adults (now known as Easter Seals). From left: Ernest Courtemanche, Coffee Day chairman; Scranton Police Chief John Pocius, Ed Hughes, Gerardo Lamberti, and Roswell Patterson, president of society. Times-Tribune Archives

David Castellani, 1966 Easter Seals child, pins the first “Buck-A-Cup – Brace A Child” button on Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick Mellody. Also seated is Gerardo Lamberti, Coffee Day project chairman. Standing from left: Lackawnna County Commissioner Edward Zipay, Roswell Patterson, president of county Easter Seals society; John Osman, Stephen Pantages, and Ernest Courtemanche. Times-Tribune Archives

Looking through the files here at the Times-Tribune Library the last mention of the Coffee Day fundraiser locally was in 1987. That year the fundraiser generated $11,213 for Easter Seals. The following restaurants we the top five sellers of the Coffee Day button – Twin Rock Restaurant in Hamlin, Wayne’s Family Restaurant in Jermyn, Franklin’s Restaurant in Dunmore, Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kingston and George’s Lunch in Scranton.

– Brian

Related links:

Easter Seals – http://www.easterseals.com/

National Coffee Association – http://www.ncausa.org/

For National Coffee Day, where to get freebies – http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/where-to-get-free-coffee-on-friday-for-national-coffee-day-1.2248547

National Donut Day – June 2, 2017 – http://timestribuneblogs.com/pages-from-the-past/national-donut-day/