National Doughnut Day has rolled around once again, leading to numerous giveaway offers by national doughnut chains and other promotional efforts aimed at celebrating the bond between Americans and the cherished fried dough dessert.
Started by the Salvation Army on June 7, 1938, National Doughnut Day was originally a means by which to raise money for charitable efforts during the Great Depression.
The sweet holiday specifically honored female volunteers in World War I, commonly referred to as "lassies," who provided logistical support to the troops on the front lines, serving them hot food and of course doughnuts to keep up morale.
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In 1917, approximately 250 "lassies" provided assistance to American soldiers serving in France
, ABC News reports.
In time, the national holiday evolved into a day in which U.S. doughnut chains lure customers in with sweet deals involving free doughnuts.
Every Krispy Kreme customer will receive a free doughnut of any variety at participating locations while supplies last. No purchase necessary.
In order to qualify for a free doughnut at any Dunkin’ Donuts location, customers must first purchase a beverage. And while there, why not try Dunkin’ Donuts' new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich
. The 360-calorie sandwich, which comes with fried eggs and bacon between a split glazed doughnut, will become a part of the permanent menu beginning on National Donut Day.
LaMar’s promotion is extra sweet, not only giving their customers a free doughnut, no purchase necessary, but also donating a portion of this week's sales to The Salvation Army for the Oklahoma tornado relief effort.
Tim Horton customers, meanwhile, must not only make a purchase, but also bring in a Facebook coupon in order to qualify for the free doughnut giveaway.
Entenmann’s is also donating to the Salvation Army, giving $1 to the charity for every new "like" the company receives on its Facebook page through June 15, up to $30,000. This is the third year the confectionery company if holding the Facebook/Salvation Army promotion. Entenmann’s is also offering its customers a chance to win a year of free doughnuts. To learn more visit the company's Facebook page
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