CLEVELAND - It’s that time of the year. A national day of recognition—and while it doesn’t come with a day off of work or school (although maybe it should) there is still plenty to do to celebrate the holiday that falls on the first Friday in June each year: National Donut Day!
National Donut Day actually originated in Chicago as a way to raise money during the Great Depression and while recognizing the work of The Salvation Army's "donut lassies" during WWI as they served American soldiers on the front line with donuts that were fried in their helmets.
On Friday, the Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland will be out to celebrate National Donut Day in front of the Huntington Bank Building (200 Prospect Avenue in downtown Cleveland) by giving away 142 dozen Entenmann's donuts between 7-9 a.m.
"Donut day provides us with a fun way to honor the rich history of The Salvation Army along with raising awareness and funds to continue to support those in need. It's literally one sweet way to give back!" said Major Lurlene-Kay M. Johnson in a news release.
Entenmann's will donate to the Army $1 for every person who "likes" the Entenmann's Facebook page (up to $30,000). Entenmann's will also be rewarding lucky winners with 'Free Donuts for a Year' and additional prizes through its Facebook page.
But wait, there’s more!
Other donut establishments will be getting in on the fun. Here is a list of National Donut Day specials:
Dunkin Donuts: One free donut when you purchase any beverage. For a list of Dunkin Donuts locations visit: http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/stores.html
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: One free donut to all customers. For a list of Krispy Kreme locations visit: http://www.krispykreme.com/
And if locally crafted donuts are your thing, you can always check out one of these local donut shops to celebrate the day. (*Note: not all local shops are offering specials, so call ahead for info)
Beckers Donuts & Bakery: Description: The Becker brothers went into business in 1946, just after they returned home from World War II. The family opened a restaurant under the name Becker Brothers on Broadview Road. Because of the high demand for their original recipe donuts served at breakfast, brothers Bill, Louie, Joe and Alex went into the donut business. Brothers Bob and Rudy joined them in the 1950's to bring the total number of Becker's Donut Shops in the Cleveland area to thirteen, one of the largest and most successful donut shop chains in the city of Cleveland. Location: 22088 Lorain Rd Fairview Park. Phone: 440-734-9856
Biagio’s Donut Shop & Pizzeria: Description: Locally owned and operated and a donut staple for east-siders. What could be better than donuts and pizza? Location: 35475 Vine St, Eastlake. Phone: 440- 942-5541
Brewnuts: Description: Brewnuts is the lovechild of two Clevelander's who decided to wrap all their favorite things in to one epic treat: a craft-beer based donut. Made fresh in the 216, using the best ingredients we can find, we offer a seasonal menu that features what's on tap in and around the area and highlights the flavors of the season. Location: 2406 Professor Ave, Cleveland (Tremont). Phone: 216-744-5424. *For National Donut Day Brewnuts will offer a Military discount and they will also be dropping off a donut donation to the Salvation Army.
Jack Frost: Description: Family owned old-school donut shop making fresh donuts for west side of Cleveland since 1937. Location: 4960 Pearl Road, Cleveland. Phone: 216-351-3638
Peace Love and Little Donuts: Description: Peace, Love & Little Donuts is the grooviest donut shop this side of the Milky Way. Awarded the best donut shop in America. We make our little donuts continuously fresh throughout the day using only the best of groovy ingredients. *For National Donut Day, you can buy a dozen and get a free donut and also enter a drawing for a free t-shirt and coffee mug. They are also doing their first ever donut eating contest at 11:00 a.m. Location: 3786 Rocky River Drive (Kamms Plaza), Cleveland, Ohio 44111. Phone 216-862-9806