National Doughnut Day means freebies ... and big business
Martha C. White NBC News contributor
As National Doughnut Day rolls around, everybodyís got dough on their minds in one way or another. Workers at doughnut shops are gearing up for giveaways this Friday while their parent companies are rolling out big expansion plans.
Unlike a lot of free-food fad days, National Doughnut Day has a longer, more altruistic back story. During World War I, the Salvation Army sent volunteers to France, where they made doughnuts for soldiers fighting on the front lines. In 1917, the group dubbed the first Friday of June National Doughnut Day to commemorate the volunteersí goodwill gesture.
In true all-American fashion, these humble patriotic roots have grown into a deep-fried festival of freebies. Dunkiní Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons and LaMarís are all giving away free doughnuts for National Doughnut Day Friday. (There are a few conditions: Dunkiní makes you buy a beverage, while Tim Hortons requires customers to like their Facebook page and print out a coupon for a doughnut thatís free with the purchase of another item.)
Let's get out there tomorrow and show our support for the little fried cake with a hole in the middle!