National Donut Day (or “doughnut,” if you prefer) first began thanks to the Salvation Army during World War I. The tradition began when more than 200 Salvation Army volunteers made their way overseas to the front lines armed with clothing, supplies, support, and, of course, plenty of the troops’ favorite fried sweet treats. And while the official idea of National Donut Day didn’t become a thing until it was introduced as a Salvation Army fundraiser in 1938, the Salvation Army has continued to be a resource for first responders and front line workers and the annual tradition of National Donut Day has become a much anticipated day for all of us.
These days, National Donut Day is celebrated the first Friday of each June, and not only does the Salvation Army continue their tradition of honoring those on the front line with the gift of donuts, but thousands of participating donut shops around the country offer free donuts to their own communities.
Which leads us to the big question: where can you find free donuts in Richmond?
Well, you’re in luck…some of our favorite Richmond donut shops are offering free donuts today, not only providing you with a sweet treat during these troubled times, but giving us all a chance to reflect with gratitude on all of the men and women who serve our community – at home and abroad.
Here’s where you can find free donuts today:
Stop by your local Krispy Kreme to receive any donut you want for free! Or to order online, click here and add a single doughnut to any purchase for free with code “NDW.”
Krispy Kreme Locations
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Love donuts even when it’s not National Donut Day? Be sure to visit some of the fantastic local shops featured in our Best of Richmond series, Best Donuts in Richmond!