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Felipe and Ruth Sanchez were the first in line. Photo by Michelle Chance

By Michelle Chance

An “emergency donut vehicle” arrived in Maricopa, Wednesday, after the community rallied on social media for Hurts Donut Company to travel south from their location in Tempe and sell the pastries out of their food truck.

On the Facebook page for the company’s Tempe location, residents successfully persuaded Hurts to make the trip to Maricopa over other cities.

“Maricopa was the loudest,” said Matthew Berry, co-owner.

Yesterday, Hurts Donut Co. received a quick one-day turn-around from the city approving the licensing and permitting for the event.
The doughnuts were scheduled to arrive at the parking lot north of Children’s Learning Adventure at noon today, but ran about 15 minutes late. A line formed at 11 a.m., and grew to an impressive crowd by the time the truck showed up.

Maricopa residents Felipe and Ruth Sanchez were the first in line and said the doughnuts were worth the wait.

All 150 dozen doughnuts were expected to be sold during the event, dubbed “The Black Friday of Donuts,” with 10 percent of the proceeds benefitting F.O.R. Maricopa Food Bank.