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Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut or Donut Day.  This day celebrates the doughnut and honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI.

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army.  It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe.  Home cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers.  American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”  A more standard spelling is donut.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate the day by enjoying your favorite doughnut.  Use #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay when using social media.

HISTORY

National Doughnut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served the doughnuts to soldiers in World War I.  This day began as a fund-raiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army.  The goal of their 1938 fund-raiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.

Looking for a great deal on donuts for National Doughnut Day?  Look no further as we have them listed below.

Celebrated annually on the first Friday in June, the day of the pastry was established in 1938 to honor the Salvation Army Donut Lassies, women who served the treats to soldiers during World War I.

Duck Donuts: This chain originated in Duck, a town on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It has West Coast stores in Huntington Beach and Irvine. It will be giving away one “bare,” powdered or cinnamon sugar doughnut per customer at participating locations on Friday. No purchase necessary, according to a news release. Duck Donuts

Dunkin’: The offer is one free classic doughnut with every beverage purchase, according to the chain’s website, dunkindonuts.com.

Krispy Kreme: Visit a participating shop and get a free doughnut of your choice. The chain is challenging America to help it give away 1 million free doughnuts on Friday. Just If it reaches the goal, it will have a second giveaway sometime in June for a new flavor it says will be “out-of-this-world great.” krispykreme.com

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