It’s National Donut Day! Here’s where you can score free treats…

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(CNN) -- There's a hole lotta happy on the way. Today is National Donut Day.

Started by the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938, the day honors the group's "donut lassies," who served treats and provided assistance to soldiers on the front lines during World War I. (And this isn't to be confused with National Doughnut Day, which is in November and celebrates the actual food.)

Doughnuts have been around since long before the First World War, and we have the Dutch to thank for them. The Dutch would make "olykoek," which translates to oily cake. The first Dutch doughnuts didn't have a hole, but they were fried in hot oil and the dough was sweet.

It wasn't until 1847 that the holed-out doughnut we know and love today appeared. Hanson Gregory, 16 at the time, claimed credit. Sick of doughnuts with a raw center, he used a pepper pot to punch out holes to help his doughnuts cook more evenly.

By 1920, Adolph Levitt, a Russian living in New York, had invented a doughnut machine. Thirteen years later, doughnuts were proclaimed the "Hit Food of the Century of Progress" by the World's Fair in Chicago.

-- Dunkin' Donuts participating locations will offer guests a free doughnut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage.

-- Mary Ann Donuts, one of Stark County's oldest doughnut chains, will give a free glazed doughnut to all customers.

-- Krispy Kreme participating locations will offer guests a free doughnut.

-- Tim Hortons participating locations will offer guests a free doughnut with any purchase. Guests must print out this coupon to redeem the offer.

-- Giant Eagle will offer customers a special -- if you buy a half a dozen doughnuts, they can get a half dozen free with a Giant Eagle Advantage card.

-- Entenmann's Facebook fans can win free doughnuts for one year by entering a contest before July 3. To enter, click here.

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