Well, I... walked around the corner
and I walked around the block
and I walked right into a donut shop...
- from a children's song
It seems like there is a special day for just about everything these days and the donut is no exception.
National Donut Day is Friday, and in honor of their big day doughnut shops across the nation — including many in the Lemont area — will hand out free doughnuts to customers.
Dunkin' Donuts is on board with the holiday. For a free donut, you'll need to purchase a beverage (hot or cold), according to their "Behind the Beans" blog. You might want to do this in the morning. They say that they'll hand out one free doughnut of your choice "while supplies last." (Could Dunkin' Donuts ever really run out of doughnuts?) Find your nearest store using their restaurant locator.
The Lemont stores are located at 1106 State St. and 12371 Derby Road.
If you visit the Dunkin' Donuts on Derby Road, you'll also see several Lemont Police officers perched sky high for their Cop on a Rooftop event. They'll be collecting money for Special Olympics Illinois.
The national day itself, always celebrated on the first Friday of June each year, was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts 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 donuts for a year, by entering a contest on its Facebook page. Entenmann's doughnuts can be found at area grocery stores.
Volunteers will be collecting donations from 9 a.m. to noon Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Jewel-Osco, 1202 State St. in Lemont.
For more information visit www.salarmychicago.org.
Follow more National Donut Day doings on Twitter at: #DoughnutDay or #DonutDay. You can also visit donutdayusa.com.
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