Today is National Donut Day! If you aren’t familiar with National Donut Day and why Americans love to celebrate it, don’t worry, you soon will be. All you have to know is that if you are one of the millions who enjoy consuming the tasty cake-like treat, then today is your lucky day. All day on Friday, June 2 you can score free donuts and various donuts deals from several of the top selling donut shops all across the US. Yes, free donuts all day for everyone!
Now, you may be asking why do we celebrate National Donut Day? Actually, there is a very good reason why folks can get a free sugary fix today. According to a USA Today report, National Donut Day, or “Doughnut Day” as some refer to it, was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor all of the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.
The official Salvation Army website indicates that this year marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, where the Salvation Army Donut Lassie was born. The Salvation Army “Doughnut Girls” served along the front lines during WWI and WWII, bringing the soldiers free coffee and doughnuts. Who would have thought that such a simple and kind gesture all those years ago would turn out to lead to a yearly event that is great for patrons and charities a like.
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“In Chicagoland, The Salvation Army commemorates Donut Day by raising awareness and support for its services to those in need, including providing shelter, food, early childhood education, after-school programming, music education, alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation and more.”
In honor of keeping the “Doughnut Girls” tradition alive and kicking, a number of donut shops and coffee chains across the country are offering either great deals on donuts and drinks or free donuts with no strings attached all day today – and who wouldn’t want a free donut?
When it comes to freebies in the donut world, no one does it better than Krispy Kreme. The donut giant is giving away a free donut to all customers on June 2. In the past, Krispy Kreme would give away one of their famous glazed donuts on National Donut Day, however, they have since upped their game. Today anyone who heads to the famous tasty treat shop will be able to collect a free donut of their choice off the Krispy Kreme menu.
Along with Krispy Kreme, several other outlets including Dunkin’ Donuts, LaMar’s Donuts, and Duck Donuts will also be running donut specials. If you don’t see one of your favorite places you may frequent on the list below, you may want to ask them if they are participating in National Donut Day.
If free donuts for one day isn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, how about free dounts for a year? Pastry giant Entenmann’s is running a contest in which you could win free donuts for an entire year! Be sure to click here for all of the sweet details.
Here is a list of some of the best deals going for National Donut Day 2017.
Dunkin’ Donuts: All customers will get a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage on June 2.
Krispy Kreme: As mentioned above, the classic doughnut chain is offering customers one free doughnut of your choice all day at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada.
Cumberland Farms: CF is offering a free doughnut with the purchase of any coffee or fountain drink from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Tim Hortons: All customers will get a free doughnut with the purchase of coffee.
Fractured Prune Doughnuts: Customers can get one free glazed doughnut covered in cinnamon sugar at all participating locations.
Duck Donuts: All customers will get a free donut with any purchase.
LaMar’s Donuts: LaMar’s is running a contest in which customers can win free donuts for a year – one dozen free donuts per month for 12 months – and a chance to win a drone.
Entenmann’s: Doughnut lovers can enter a contest to win free Entenmann’s donuts for a year. For those in New York City, the company will hand out free doughnuts in Times Square on Friday.
Honey Dew Donuts: Customers will receive a free Coco Loco Donut with the purchase of any medium or larger size drink.
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