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National Donut Day sweetens Rexburg

Friday, June 3, is National Donut Day.

Several businesses throughout in the United States will be offering special deals in celebration of this event, according to People.

Rexburg locals have their own way to celebrate National Donut Day.

“It’s like Black Friday on steroids in a tiny, little room,” said Nathan Dennis, an employee at a local Rexburg donut shop.

Dennis said customers may receive a free donut if they like the donut shop’s Facebook page. He said showing employees either printed out or on a mobile phone is the way to do this.

“The main reason we give out free donuts is because — not to be mean at all — but college students are very cheap, and they love free things,” Dennis said.

National Donut day officially started in the 1930s as a way to fundraise and bring attention to The Salvation Army’s social service programs, according to The Salvation Army Metropolitian Division.

The initial idea for Donut Day came from stories of Salvation Army workers who served coffee and donuts to soldiers back in the trenches of World War I, specifically in France, according to The Salvation Army Metropolitian Division.

These donuts brought joy to the soldiers who had recieved a limited ration of food, according to The Salvation Army Metropolitian Division.

Donuts were often cooked in oil inside of the helmets of American soldiers, which led to the term “doughboys,” according to National Day Calendar.

When using social media, #NationalDonutDay or #NationalDoughnutDay are the hashtags to celebrate with, according to National Day Calendar.

This celebration happens on the first Friday in June each year, according to National Day Calendar. The date of National Donut day for the next few years are: June 3, 2016; June 2, 2017; June 1, 2018; and June 7, 2019.

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