A number of shops in Charlotte are giving out free donuts on Friday, June 7. (Shutterstock)
CHARLOTTE, NC —There are numerous places to celebrate National Donut Day on Friday, June 7. Here’s where you can pick up a free donut around the Queen City.
Dunkin’ Donuts: Locations are giving out a free classic donut with the purchase of any beverage.
Find your closest location at www.dunkindonuts.com
Duck Donuts: Participating locations will give out one free bare, powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar donut per customer.
1710 Kenilworth Avenue, Charlotte
9931-C Rose Commons Drive, Huntersville
Reigning Doughnuts: Free complimentary doughnut.
3120 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte
Krispy Kreme: The North Carolina-based chain has more than 300 stores nationwide, is offering a free doughnut of the customer’s choice on June 7. If a million donuts are given away, Krispy Kreme will launch another giveaway — a free taste of the brand’s newest doughnut later in June.
Classic glazed doughnuts are Americans’ favorites, according to survey, although the variety lost ground from a year and all other types of doughnuts gained in popularity. The survey showed the lightly frosted doughnuts to be the top choice of 36 percent of respondents. Coming in second were Boston cream doughnuts (23 percent), followed by jelly doughnuts (15 percent), doughnuts with sprinkles (10 percent), powdered doughnuts (9 percent) and twist doughnuts (8 percent).
National Doughnut Day dates back to 1938, when The Salvation Army of Chicago created it to honor the "Doughnut Girls" who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. The unofficial holiday is celebrated every year on the first Friday in June.
Two Salvation Army volunteers — Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance — came up with the idea of frying doughnuts in soldiers’ helmets after they and about 250 others were deployed to France to provide spiritual and emotional support for U.S. soldiers.
"These tasty treats boosted morale and won the hearts of many soldiers," The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division in Chicago said on its website.
Also known as the "Doughnut Lassies," these volunteers are credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States when troops, who were known as "doughboys," returned home from the war. The tradition, which provided a link to home and family, continued in World War II.
Patch Editor Deb Belt contributed.