LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - When you need a donut, you really need a donut. It could be classified as an emergency. That's why the people at Hurts Donut have 19 Emergency Donut Vehicles positioned across eight states in 16 locations.
Today one of them was in downtown Longview, and a percentage of their sales goes to a local charity.
It actually did look like some kind of emergency. There were hundreds of donut desperate people in line, patiently waiting to purchase that-which-is-not-usually-available-in-East-Texas: Hurts Donuts. Word spread on Facebook like a grease fire, and they came, like Leslie Wyers, who was first in line.
"So why are you here?" I asked her.
"For donuts. I've heard they're delicious. I've never tried them," Wyers said.
"How long have you been standing here?" I asked Wyers.
"For about 45 minutes probably," she disclosed.
So not too long a wait, but the sooner the batter for these donut lovers. Ten percent of the sales go to a local charity, and Miki Strong with East Texas Angel Network says they were chosen recipients.
"They called us and said that we would be receiving a percentage of the sales today, and that we could come out and take up donations," Strong said.
The line lengthened in the next twenty minutes, and then suddenly there it was: The EDV, or Emergency Donut Vehicle. And it was a good thing, because you donut want to mess with this crowd.
Keith and Cheryl Selby own Hurts Donuts out of Frisco, and they thought it was Longview's turn for intensive care.
"Why do you call it Hurts?" I asked Keith.
"Because these donuts are so oversized and so big that it hurts," Keith stated.
Well, there you go. He wouldn't sugar coat the truth.
So Leslie finally savored the sweet taste of victory.
"Mmmm," she said after biting into a donut.
"Was it worth waiting for?" I asked her.
"Yeah!" she laughed.
"Are you glad you were first in line?" I asked.
"Yes," she giggled.
"And are you glad you're torturing all these other people who are watching?"
"Yeah," she grinned, not seeming sorry at all.
Unfortunately, the 250 boxes of donuts sold out; we will let you know if there are any more Hurts sightings in the future.