You either love 'em or you don't care.
And Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity supporters are hoping area residents who have a sweet tooth for Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts will flip for their latest fund-raising effort.
While other area organizations have sold the doughnuts as one-time fund-raisers, Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is offering boxes of the doughnuts for sale once a month. Minnesota Krispy Kreme stores are in Maple Grove and the Mall of America in Bloomington.
Lynn Foote, a past Habitat employee, has volunteered to drive a van to the Bloomington store one morning a month to pick up the doughnuts. Then those individuals or organizations who pre-ordered and pre-paid for the doughnuts can pick them up that afternoon.
Cost per box of one dozen doughnuts is $6.50. Habitat for Humanity is making about $3 per box. All proceeds will be used to help build affordable housing for people in need in the lakes area, said Laurie Ziebell, volunteer coordinator/public relations manager at Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity.
The next Krispy Kreme delivery will be Jan. 20. Orders can be picked up between 1 and 4 p.m. that day at the Habitat office, located about a half-mile south of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds on County Road 45.
The Krispy Kreme fund-raiser began two months ago and so far about 100 boxes of doughnuts have been ordered each month.
Ziebell said the organization got the idea for the fund-raiser from a church mission group that volunteered for the chapter last summer. They decided to start the fund-raiser slowly at first, worried that the once-a-month doughnut sales would hurt the weekly sales of homemade doughnuts by the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center on Thursdays. So far it doesn't appear to be a problem, said Ziebell.
Ziebell said those who enjoy the Krispy Kreme doughnuts usually can be spotted in a crowd. Either they're enthusiastic about ordering the doughnuts or they really don't care if they ever taste one in their life.
"Either you're a Krispy Kreme connoisseur or you're not," said Ziebell with a laugh. "We're planning on it (doughnut sales) being ongoing."
Ziebell said Habitat is hoping to sell the doughnuts for special events in the Brainerd lakes area throughout the next year. Proceeds from these one-time events would help fund programs like Women Build, a chapter within Habitat where women build the homes for families in need. Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity is attempting to assemble a group of women willing to join the crew to build a home south of Brainerd for a single mom and her five children, all age 11 and younger.
To order boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, call Habitat for Humanity at 828-8517.
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