Krispy Kreme doughnut delivery delights dozens

When it comes to helping children, Oak Harbor residents are willing to make sacrifices. Even if it means taking on added calories by consuming some of the freshest, most delectable doughnuts in the world.

On Thursday, Oak Harbor homes and offices were filled with hundreds of people munching on Krispy Kreme doughnuts, fresh-baked that morning in Seattle. They may have been busting their pre-holiday diets, but the sacrifice was for a good cause: Toys for Tots.

People pre-ordered the doughnuts at $10 per box, and proceeds go toward the purchase of Christmas toys for Whidbey Island’s needy children.

More than 500 boxes with a dozen doughnuts each were delivered early Thursday to Oak Harbor’s Navy Federal Credit Union by employees Emily Brown and Tana Quick, with Brown at the wheel of a U-Haul truck.

The pair left Oak Harbor at 2 a.m. for Krispy Kreme’s aromatic Seattle warehouse facility. “We could smell it before we even opened the door,” Quick said.

It took an hour to load the truck, and they were back in Oak Harbor by 7 a.m.

Brown said she got her truck driving experience through “cross-country moving.” The trip was without incident. “We missed the traffic going and coming,” she said.

But Quick said they did get worried about the doughnuts and stopped in Mount Vernon to make sure they were OK. “We babied those doughnuts,” she said.

The doughnuts arrived in Oak Harbor still warm and soft. Vicki Archer, Navy Federal Credit Union manager, bit into one, smiled, and pronounced it perfect. Then she and other employees spent the day handing out doughnuts to Oak Harbor citizens. Due to the rain, the racks of doughnuts were stored inside the credit union building, rather than on the sidewalk as planned.

Betsy Eidsmore ran through the rain to the credit union door, through which was passed her one dozen doughnuts. “I’m passing these around the neighborhood,” she said.

Linda Earnhart was next in line, waiting for her two dozen doughnuts to bring back to the staff at Windermere real estate. “I’m going to fatten them up,” she said. “I’ll probably be taking big naps this afternoon.”

Archer said the credit union raised over $3,000 for Toys for Tots through the doughnut campaign. That represents a lot of toys, a lot of good eating, and a few extra inches around Oak Harbor’s collective belt line.

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