LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Today is National Donut Day! And, who would have thought that a day celebrating America’s favorite breakfast pastry is not just another arbitrary holiday celebrating indulgences (here’s looking at you, National Potato Chip Day and National Margarita Day)?

According to the Salvation Army, the organization started National Donut Day during the Great Depression “as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.”

It commemorates the “donut lassies” of World War I, female Salvation Army volunteers who provided American and Allied soldiers with spiritual aid and comforts in the form of writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts. Yeah, we had no clue, either.

Here’s where you can score free donuts today:

Bakery Express/Ms. Desserts
4711 Hollins Ferry Road, Halethorpe, Maryland
1 Free Donut Per Customer

Bold Bite Dogs and Fries
4901-B Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
Buy One Donut, Get A Second Free

District Doughnut
Download the Postmates app and be one of the first 100 people to order at 10 a.m. to get a free 4-pack.

All Dunkin Donuts locations
Free Donut With Beverage Purchase

All Krispy Kreme locations
Free Donut, no strings attached


Here are some other ways to celebrate Donut Day:




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