Mobile Mardi Gras beads good trade for doughnuts

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Folks with leftover Mardi Gras beads are getting a tasty chance to swap out the plastic necklaces for sweet treats.

Krispy Kreme is collecting beads on behalf of Augusta Evans
Special School in midtown Mobile in its annual "Beads-for-Doughnuts" drive.

Customers who bring 12 pounds of beads into either of Mobile's
Krispy Kreme stores Monday through Wednesday can get a dozen glazed doughnuts for free.

The Press-Register reports the city's two Krispy Kreme stores
received enough beads last year to fill up two 18-wheelers and
handed out about 6,000 dozen doughnuts.

Students sort and rebundle the beads to sell to Mardi Gras groups.

August Evans serves about 240 students, ages 3-21, with various
disabilities, ranging from autism to cerebral palsy to mental retardation.

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