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#DonutDay: Want free donuts? Where to get a sweet treat for charity on holiday

Today is National Donut Day — the first Friday of June — and already Twitter is abuzz with #DonutDay trends as people get ready to celebrate by taking a bite out of the sweet treat for themselves. The CS Monitor shares some stores and other locations offering free donuts today this June 6, 2014, but you may want to purchase a bit of fried dough, anyway. Interestingly enough, this free donut day is no simple holiday, but one with a special history that involves the Salvation Army and giving to charity.

Today is #DonutDay, free donuts but also give to charity
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For those looking to sink their teeth into a tasty dessert today, Dunkin’ Donuts is currently offering a special for a free donut with only the purchase of a small beverage in participating locations. Other places to enjoy #DonutDay is at Krispy Kreme, where every single customer who visits the store today gets a free donut! (And at this sugary hotspot, no purchase is even necessary, though it is limited to one donut per customer and only while supplies continue to last.)

Where else to get free donuts today for you and your family? Tim Hortons is yet another option that may be near you. The growing Canadian chain that sells these delicious sweet treats have taken on the #DonutDay challenge and American tradition by offering customers a free donut with a purchase of any other item. The same goes for Cumberland Farms, as well as certain participating locations of Winn-Dixie supermarkets.

However, CNN shares an updated report that delves a bit into the history behind National Donut Day, and why you may want to honor #DonutDay by actually buying a sweet treat, even if you can get one free. Unlike the actual “holiday” meant to celebrate the donuts themselves, the first Friday of June actually focuses on the charity aspect of selling the treats, especially in regards to the Salvation Army.

According to the report, National Donut Day has been around for decades now, first being instituted all the way back in 1938, though it had a much more serious purpose at the time. Its formal observance was initiated by the Salvation Army to pay tribute to their volunteers served a vast number of donuts to soldiers risking their lives in the World War. Excess proceeds were then used to raise even more money for those in need.

So if you have a little spare change or wish to use your #DonutDay savings on a good cause, then donate to your local Salvation Army site, or if unavailable, even at a charity of your choice. And for the question on this important June day, what’s your favorite type of donut? It will likely taste even better today because it’s free, but drop a comment or two with the flavors that whet your sweet tooth.

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