Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts Offer Freebies on National Doughnut Day, June 5th

Posted on June 1, 2009

National Doughnut DayKrispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts are both celebrating National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 5th by giving away free doughnuts. No purchase is necessary at Krispy Kreme to receive a free doughnut but you will have purchase a beverage to get your freebie at Dunkin' Donuts.

Holiday Insights says that National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. The brave volunteers went to the front lines in Europe and made home cooked foods, including doughnuts, for the troops.
The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a moral boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army's "first doughnut girl".
It is good to know there is actually an important reason behind a holiday like National Doughnut Day. The volunteers were indeed extremely brave for taking home cooked foods to troops fighting on the front lines.
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