(WANE) It seems like there’s a designated day for just about everything and that includes donuts. The first Friday in June is National Donut Day and it was created by the Salvation Army during the Great Depression as a way to fund its social service programs.
The Salvation Army is also credited with helping popularize donuts in the United States. Volunteers known as “donut lassies” provided the deep fried confections to American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War I along with supplies and other necessities. When the soldiers returned home, they brought their craving for the sweet treats as well.
Most people just consider National Donut Day as a way to get a free donut or a special deal.
As in years past, Dunkin Donuts is offering a free classic donut (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage all day long.
Thrillist has posted a list of other national and regional donut chains and their National Donut Day offerings.