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Today's National Doughnut Day

Many area shops will be handing out free doughnuts today with the purchase of a drink.

It seems like there is a special day for just about everything these days. The doughnut is no exception.

National Doughnut Day is today and in honor of the big day, shops across the nation — including Dunkin' Donuts on County Road in Barrington — will hand out free doughnuts to customers. You will have to buy a drink.

You'll probably want to get your free doughnut as early in the day as possible. They'll be giving out doughnuts while supplies last.

The national day, always celebrated on the first Friday of June each year, was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

The Salvation Army this year is teaming up with baking company Entenmann's to help celebrate National Donut Day; Entenmann's will donate proceeds from sales and offer customers a chance to win free doughnuts for a year, by entering a contest on its Facebook page. Entenmann's doughnuts can be found at local grocery stores.

Follow more National Donut Day doings on Twitter at: #DoughnutDay or #DonutDay. You can also visit donutdayusa.com.

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