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Here's how to score free doughnuts for National Doughnut Day on Friday

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Friday, June 7 is National Doughnut Day. Several restaurants, doughnut shops and gas stations are helping you celebrate with free — or at least discounted — doughnuts.

But first — some history.

Yes, there's more to National Doughnut Day (or National Donut Day, if you prefer) than just free dessert. The holiday was first created as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army in 1938.

The organization held the event to raise money during the Great Depression and to honor the "Lassies" who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers. These morale-boosting volunteers later became known among the men as "Doughnut Dollies."

The doughnut celebration caught on, and National Doughnut Day is now observed each year on the first Friday in June.

But now for the important part — where can you get free doughnuts?

These are all national or regional chains, but don't forget to check local shops as well. All promotions are good at participating locations only.

Duck Donuts: One free classic doughnut. No coupon necessary.

Dunkin': Free doughnut with a beverage purchase.

Entenmann's: Free doughnuts for a year and $5,000 to the winner of the Fan Flavor Challenge.

Krispy Kreme: One free doughnut. No purchase necessary.

Kwik Trip/Kwik Star: One free doughnut with coupon.

LaMar's: Free doughnut. No purchase necessary.

Walmart: Free coffee samples and doughnuts (one per person) from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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