It’s National Donut Day this Friday, which means something exciting for lovers of the treats: free doughnuts.
Some local stores are offering the fried rings of dough for free on June 7 to customers as a way to celebrate the day.
This year marks the 76th anniversary of the celebration, which falls on the first Friday of every June.
In 1938, the Salvation Army celebrated Donut Day in Chicago to raise money for people affected by the Great Depression. The celebration commemorated World War I Salvation Army “lassies,” who served doughnuts to soldiers during the war.
Bi-Lo grocery stores in Tennessee will be offering free jumbo doughnut holes from their bakeries to customers for the first time this year.
“This is new for Bi-Lo, and we’re really looking forward to it,” said Michelle Lisotto, a public relations representative for Bi-Lo Holding Inc.
Lisotto said that if it goes well this year, the company would continue the promotion in coming years. There are 206 participating stores across Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut of any kind, no purchase necessary. And Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free doughnut of choice with the purchase of any beverage.
But the Salvation Army is also celebrating the day by delivering doughnuts to those who serve the Chattanooga community.
This year, the local Salvation Army will be bringing doughnuts to the fire department, Armed Forces recruiting stations, National Guard Reserve, the mayor’s office and Hamilton County Emergency Management, among others.
Last year was the first time the Salvation Army of Chattanooga delivered doughnuts to local police officers, firefighters and emergency responders as a thank you for their work in the community.
Kimberly George, the director of marketing for the Salvation Army of Chattanooga, said that they would be delivering doughnuts on a larger scale this year.
“The big thing is really to honor those folks in the community who don’t normally get recognized,” George said. “Honoring the men and women who don’t necessarily seek recognition, to say thank you and give them a treat is a true blessing.”