Friday, June 5, 2009

Happy National Doughnut Day!

It might be raining in Manhattan, but it's still a beautiful day, thanks to a free doughnut giveaway at participating Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme locations.

It seems like everyone is giving out free food these days -- from Denny's to Kentucky Fried Chicken -- but today's installment of complimentary treats comes with a little bit of history.

Celebrated on the first Friday of June each year, National Doughnut Day started during World War I. Salvation Army female volunteers made fresh donuts to boost soldier morale. The day was officially established in 1938 by the Salvation Army to raise money during the Great Depression.

Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme, along with some independent donut shops, are commemorating the holiday by giving out free doughnuts to consumers. Though, at Dunkin' Donuts, you have to buy a drink too ...

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