Free Face Masks And Krispy Kreme Donuts Make For Busy Friday In Hillside

Saturday, May 2, 2020 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Friday was busy outside of Krispy Kreme, 110 S. Mannheim Rd. in Hillside. A line of cars queued outside of the famous donut chain as residents waited to pick up free masks while others waited to pick up donuts. Some people, undoubtedly, were there for both.

Sharon Preston, the founder of Bellwood nonprofit Flags of the Heart, joined state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch to give out some 8,000 free face masks on a first-come, first-served basis.

Since March 30, which was National Doctors’ Day, Krispy Kreme has been handing out a free dozen of their famous glazed doughnuts every Monday to healthcare workers, according to a company statement.

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, left, joined with Sharon Preston’s nonprofit to pass out free face masks to residents outside of Krispy Kreme in Hillside on May 1. | Shanel Romain 

“Just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell us what you need and show us your employer badge. That’s it,” the company said. “Pick up some free dozens on the way to work for you and your colleagues, or maybe a free dozen on your way home to family after a long shift.”

The giveaway is taking place through May 11 (May 6 through May 12 is National Nurses’ Week). The company is also giving out a free dozen doughnuts with any purchase of a dozen, so the line of cars outside of the Hillside establishment has been pretty long on any given day.

Cars line up in the Krispy Kreme parking lot, as residents wait for free masks distributed by Flags of The Heart and Rep. Welch. | Shanel Romain 

“Like everyone in these times, we’re anxious,” the company stated. “We’re concerned. We’re also all in this together. Thank you, healthcare workers and everyone supporting them, including our Krispy Kremers, who make a personal commitment every day to share joy. We are grateful for the opportunity to enable the sharing of joy and look forward to seeing millions of smiles! (Help us find you by using #KrispyKreme and tagging @krispykreme.)”

And over at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, healthcare workers were feted with uplifting public messages and a decorative balloon arrangement.

A positive message outside of Loyola in Maywood. | Shanel Romain 

It all made for a rather festive Friday.

A Loyola employee is greeted by a balloon display as she walks into the hospital on May 1. | Shanel Romain 

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