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Celebrate 2017 National Doughnut Day With Free Treats

National Doughnut Day was started in 1938 in Chicago to honor of The Salvation Army "Doughnut Girls"

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    Celebrate 2017 National Doughnut Day With Free Treats
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    It's here. National Doughnut Day, a day devoted to getting your hands on free doughnuts, has arrived -- and some of the biggest names in doughnuts are celebrating with special giveaways.

    Dunkin’ Donuts: Guests get a free classic doughnut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

    Krispy Kreme: Get any doughnut of your desire-– for free. No purchase necessary.

    Cumberland Farms: Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., customers can receive a free doughnut with the purchase of any hot or iced coffee, HYPERFREEZE or fountain soda at all locations.

    National Doughnut Day was started in 1938 in Chicago to honor of The Salvation Army "Doughnut Girls." This unofficial holiday is celebrated the first Friday in June, according to the Salvation Army.

    To celebrate the doughnut day, the Salvation Army is offering up recipes to for their classic and modern donuts.

    This year National Doughnut Day marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, where the Salvation Army Donut Lassie was born. The "Donut Lassies," also known as the Doughnut Girls, served along the front lines during WWI and WWII, giving soldiers free coffee and doughnuts in the trenches.