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Doughnut fundraiser to support families of Utah County car crash victims

By Ashtyn Asay - Daily Herald | May 19, 2022

Chuck Burton, Associated Press

In this April 17, 2008, file photo, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are shown in Matthews, N.C.

Krispy Kreme will host a statewide fundraiser this Saturday to benefit the families of Odin Ratliff and Hunter Jackson. The two 3-year-olds were killed in a car crash earlier this month.

From 3-8 p.m., Krispy Kreme customers who ask for the “Odin & Hunter Dozen” at participating locations will receive a dozen glazed doughnuts for $10 donated as part of a “Doughnuts for Donations” fundraiser in which 100% of the proceeds will go to the children’s families.

After hearing about the car crash that took Oden and Hunter’s lives on May 2, Ryan Donithorne, district manager at Krispy Kreme, knew he wanted to take action.

“I live in Eagle Mountain, I’m a resident there, I’m a father myself, so when I heard about this really unfortunate tragedy it just really struck me,” he said. “I know a lot of people in the area in Eagle Mountain are really feeling terrible about this, and so I wanted to do something to help the families.”

A doughnut shop will also be set up at Cory B. Wride Memorial Park, located at 5806 Pony Express Pkwy in Eagle Mountain, on Saturday from 3-8 p.m. to allow Eagle Mountain residents to participate in the fundraiser.

“Obviously Eagle Mountain is 40-45 minutes away from our nearest shop so we’ve got stops across the state that are going to run graveyard shifts and produce roughly 3000 dozen doughnuts in the middle of the night,” Donithorne said. “We’re going to bring those doughnuts and we’re going to in essence run a Krispy Kreme shop out of a park.”

Krispy Kreme locations throughout the state will be participating in the fundraiser, including stores at 4212 Riverdale Road in Riverdale and 968 N. Main St. in Layton, as well as sites in Cache and Salt Lake counties. The store in Orem, at 417 W. University Parkway, will also participate.

“We wanted to bring everyone together and have everyone congregate, just kind of remember these boys and just kind of unite the community and get behind these families in a way where they can spend some time together in a park and eat their doughnuts that they purchased,” Donithorne said. “Anything we can do to just support the families and bring the community together.”

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