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Celebrate National Doughnut Day with a chance to help the needy

June 4, 2010 | 11:01 am

Donuts Do you need an excuse to eat doughnuts? Me neither.

But in case you know someone who does, it's National Doughnut Day. Or, National Donut Day, depending on whose style book you are following.

Anyway, buckle up for all the hoopla you are going to hear within the next 12 hours, all in praise of taking dough, frying it and rolling it around in sugar. Never a bad thing. However, the best part of this "holiday" is the opportunity to indulge guilt-free: It's a dough-raiser for the Salvation Army. If you buy your goodies at a participating shop, a portion of the proceeds will go toward helping the needy. Here is a list of participating shops.

Now, I have to tell you that Kripsy Kreme is also giving out free doughnuts, one per customer. Here's a list of participating KKs. But I also have to tell you that the L.A.-area outlets are not participating in the Salvation Army fundraiser, although some individual outlets nationwide might choose to be involved. 

If you know of any places offering free doughnuts Friday as part of the Salvation Army fundraiser, please let us know in the comments section below. But even if you get a free one, you might want to buy another -- or, in my case, 17 -- to help the needy.

-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

Photo credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times