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Community rallying to make sure Donut Parade marches on

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The Donut Parade has been a fixture on the north side for nearly 50 years, but their recent financial struggles have threatened that. Hearing of it, customers do not want to see that happen.

Christian Reno, the owner, is an expert at running around the restaurant to fill orders. But what’s an issue for her is that she doesn’t have any staff to help her out. Rising product costs and fewer customers have led to financial issues.

“We no longer have a savings account. I no longer have a change jar at home. I scrape the bottom of the barrel to buy the napkins, buy the sugar, buy the peanut butter for the toast,” she says.

When she had to close for a week because they didn’t have power, “it was scarier than I thought. It really was.” She’s afraid of closing her doors.

The community is now rallying around them. Long time customers and friends offering to volunteer washing dishes or helping around the shop.

The reason is simple. It's the place where memories are made.

“That's all we can hope for is to keep it going because it's an icon,” says Helen, who was volunteering.

It's where Helen met her husband.

“He brought me in when I first met him almost 30 years ago,” she says.

Steve, a customer of the past 30 years, used to ride his bike to the shop as a child

“This is like I say a home away from home for us,” he says.

It's the place Christian worked growing up. “It's like the baton was passed to me,” she says.

So they'll do anything to keep the Donut Parade marching on, and they thank the community for their support.

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