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MIAMI, FL - MAY 09: In this photo illustration, Krispy Kreme Donuts are seen on May 09, 2016 in Miami, Florida. JAB Holdings Company, announced it is acquiring Krispy Kreme Donuts in a deal valued at $1.35 billion.

It’s National Donut Day, but most people don’t know there’s some real history behind it.  The Salvation Army started it in 1938 to honor the “Donut Lassies,” a group of women who served donuts to soldiers in World War One.

So it’s not JUST a marketing gimmick.  But yeah – it’s also that.  Here are a few donut deals you can take advantage of today:

1.  If you buy any drink at Dunkin’ Donuts, you get one donut for free.

2.  You can get a free donut at Krispy Kreme just by walking in the door.  No purchase necessary.

3.  Walmart is giving away over a million free glazed donuts today.  Just head to the bakery section at any Walmart Supercenter, or participating Neighborhood Markets.

4.  Entenmann’s is running a contest through their website where you can suggest a new donut flavor.  And if they pick yours, you win $5,000, plus free donuts for a year.

5.  And the Salvation Army is holding free donut events all over the country.  Just contact your nearest location for more details.