National Doughnut Day 2017: Where to get your free treat

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are shown in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, April 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several groups are helping West Michigan celebrate National Doughnut Day Friday with a free treat.

In Grand Rapids, The Salvation Army is giving away 2,000 free doughnuts. Volunteers will be handing them out at several undisclosed locations around downtown Friday. The organization will also serve up the baked good to veterans at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Krispy Kreme is giving each customer a free doughnut at participating locations, including its store at 2700 East Beltline near 28th Street in Grand Rapids.

Participating Dunkin’ Donuts stores are also celebrating National Doughnut Day with a free classic “donut” with any beverage purchase. It’s best to call ahead to find out if your store is participating.

And participating Tim Hortons restaurants are offering a free classic doughnut with the purchase of a medium size or larger brewed coffee. The drink can be hot or iced. Customers must mention the National Doughnut Day deal for their free treat.

National Doughnut Day this year marks 100 years since The Salvation Army’s “donut lassies” served the first doughnuts to American soldiers fighting on the front lines during World War I.

The Salvation Army stopped by the WOOD TV8 Studios this morning share more about the history of Doughnut Day. Members from the Salvation Army’s Echelon group are encouraging volunteerism today by giving out 2,000 doughnuts to deserving non-profits and community organizations. Watch the video at the top of the story for more info.

Those looking to support The Salvation Army’s National Doughnut Day outreach are encouraged to donate to the organization by calling 616.459.3433 or by texting SALDONUTDAY to 41444.