Here's how to get free doughnuts for National Doughnut Day on Friday
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Here's how to get free doughnuts for National Doughnut Day on Friday

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Friday, June 5 is National Doughnut Day. Several restaurants, doughnut shops and gas stations are helping you celebrate with free — or at least discounted — doughnuts.

But first — some history.

Yes, there's more to National Doughnut Day (or National Donut Day, if you prefer) than just free dessert. The holiday was first created as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in 1938.

The organization held the event to raise money during the Great Depression and to honor the "Lassies" who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers. These morale-boosting volunteers later became known among the men as "Doughnut Dollies."

The doughnut celebration caught on, and National Doughnut Day is now observed each year on the first Friday in June.

But now for the important part — where can you get free doughnuts?

These are all national or regional chains, but don't forget to check local shops as well. All promotions are good at participating locations only.

Duck Donuts: Rewards members get a free cinnamon sugar donut offer June 5-7.

Dunkin': Free doughnut with a beverage purchase.

Entenmann's: Last year's offer was free doughnuts for a year and $5,000 to the winner of the Fan Flavor Challenge.

Krispy Kreme: Get any doughnut for free June 1-5..

LaMar's: Free doughnut. No purchase necessary. The company is also running a contest to give away free doughnuts for one year.

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