TAMPA, Fla. - National Doughnut Day is upon us, Friday June 2, and there are celebrations at doughnut shops across the country.
Doughnut Day was created back in 1938 when the Salvation Army "Doughnut Girls" gave soldiers free coffee and doughnuts along the front lines during WWI and WWII. It became an unofficial "holiday" and is celebrated the first Friday in June. When the volunteers who served them realized it would be hard to serve baked goods, and because they had limited resources, they decided to fry the donuts in soldiers' helmets which boosted the soldiers' morale, according to the Salvation Army.
Dunkin Donuts is offering a free classic doughnut with the purchase of a beverage. Classic donuts include the vanilla cake batter, glazed, strawberry frosted, chocolate frosted, vanilla frosted, chocolate cake, Boston kreme, jelly and old fashioned.
Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut, any doughnut, no purchase necessary.
Your purchase at the Mini Doughnut Factory will go to support the local Salvation Army children's programs, help pay it forward!
Datz Dough in south Tampa is offering a free classic-flavored doughnut from its special list of doughnuts while supplies last.
The Little Donut House in Tampa is offering a free three-pack of mini doughnuts, (no purchase necessary and one per customer while supplies last)
Cumberland Farms is offering a free doughnut with the purchase of any dispensed beverage, which includes coffee, fountain or frozen beverages from 5-10 a.m.
Tillys clothing store is even celebrating with free donuts from 3-5 p.m. at all Tillys locations.