Friday Is National Donut Day



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Donuts come in all varieties these days: sprinkled (like the ones pictured here at Krispy Kreme off of Route 1 in Alexandria), glazed, cream-filled. Will you be celebrating National Donut Day on Friday?

Lek Falke is behind the counter at the Krispy Kreme off of Route 1 in Alexandria, ringing up a cup of coffee and a donut (a hot-off-the presses Original Glazed, their most popular) for one of her regular customers.

It's a quiet day, with just a few customers coming and going. She knows that on Friday, it might not be so quiet.

What's Friday? National Donut Day. It has its roots in the trenches of World War I, when war-weary soldiers would take a break by stopping by a "hut" a makeshift coffee shop, where "lassies" doled out coffee and donuts. In 1938, the Salvation Army in Chicago wanted to recognize those women's efforts and started National Donut Day, which falls on the first Friday in June each year.

Nowadays, National Donut Day efforts in some cities include fundraisers associated with the Salvation Army. Others simply recognize the doughy confection by handing out free donuts.

In any case the tradition continues Friday with area donut shops handing out free (or almost-free) donuts. At Krispy Kreme, you'll get a free donut, no questions asked; at Dunkin' Donuts, you must purchase a beverage (and at some Dunkin' Donuts, only specific beverages).

The Krispy Kreme at 6332 Richmond Highway, open 24 hours a day, will begin serving one free donut per person at 12:01 a.m. on Friday. Customers can choose any donut, the manager said.

The first-ever Krispy Kreme was started by Vernon Rudolph on July 13, 1937 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He got a recipe for his donuts from a French chef in New Orleans and began selling them with coffee. Today the varieties are endless: Chocolate? Chocolate icing? Sprinkles? If you're a really big fan and want to get the latest news from the company, you can "friend" on Krispy Kreme on its Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

Not sure if there's a store near you? You can find the nearest Krispy Kreme at their locator:

Krispy Kreme isn't the only donut in town.

Dunkin' Donuts will also be handing out free donuts, but only if you purchase a beverage, according to its Web site. You can find a Dunkin' Donuts near you here.

Another way to celebrate Donut Day: Text the word "DONUT" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army.

What's your favorite donut? Will you stop by a donut shop for a free donut on Friday? If so, which shop? Do you know about another donut shop other than Krispy Kreme or Dunkin' Donuts? Leave your comments in the "Comments" box.


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