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In some circles, one of the year’s most popular days for doughnut lovers and freebie fans has been extended.

While Friday, June 5 is National Doughnut Day – also known as National Donut Day – Krispy Kreme is celebrating its first “National Doughnut Week” with five days of free treats starting Monday, no purchase necessary. Dunkin’ has three days of deals this year and a contest.

“National Doughnut Day is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate, but with days starting to blur together, we want to make sure it’s easier than ever for fans to participate,” said Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer, in a news release.

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On Wednesday, Dunkin' said its #DunkinDonutPartySweepstakes contest giving away free donuts for a year has been cancelled. "With respect to recent events, we have canceled the sweepstakes and will look to do something special for our fans this summer," said Dunkin' in a statement.

The day of the pastry was established in 1938 to honor the Salvation Army Donut Lassies, women who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. It’s traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June.

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This Donut Day, the Salvation Army says it will thank essential workers “on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic by delivering donuts” to healthcare workers and first responders across the country.

Entenmann's Donuts also is honoring healthcare heroes this year with its “Standing Doughnation Sweepstakes.” According to a news release, through June 18, the company is taking nominations of healthcare workers and awarding $500 cash prizes to workers, $500 donations to their hospital or care facility and free donuts. A winner is chosen each night through June 18.

To nominate a healthcare worker, make a public post on Instagram or Twitter, using hashtags #StandingDoughnation and #Promotion and by following and tagging @Entenmanns.

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Thank you, health care heroes, for all you do every day. 💙 We’re joining cities across the country as they applaud those on the front lines with a sweet #standingdoughnation. 🍩 Now through 6/18, nominate a deserving health care worker using #standingdoughnation & #promotion, and follow & tag @entenmanns. We'll select one winner each day to win $500, a $500 donation to the hospital or healthcare facility where each confirmed grand prize nominee is employed, and of course, free donuts! No purchase necessary. Link in bio for official rules.

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National Donut Day 2020 freebies

Participation and offers can vary by location and are only available while supplies last. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location.

Duck Donuts: All registered Duck Donuts Rewards members will receive a free cinnamon sugar donut offer, redeemable Friday through Sunday.

Dunkin’: With purchase of a beverage Friday, get a free classic donut of your choice at participating locations. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, Grubhub is offering a free half-dozen of donuts on Dunkin’ orders of $10 or more.

Krispy Kreme: From Monday through Friday, get a free doughnut of your choice while supplies last at participating U.S. Krispy Kreme shops and drive-thrus. No purchase is necessary.

More deals: Locally-owned businesses and smaller chains also may have deals Friday. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check social media channels.


Whether you’ve had one for breakfast or as a mid day treat...have you ever stopped to wonder why this common pastry favorite has an additional shortened spelling? Buzz60's Natasha Abellard has the story. Buzz60

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