Area Girl Scouts to raise dough during Donut Day at Sweetwater's

KALAMAZOO – Making dough sometimes takes dough and that’s the approach area Girl Scouts will take on Saturday when they partner with Sweetwater’s Donut Mill locations in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

For the fifth consecutive year, the nationally acclaimed donut business will have Girl Scouts working with their staff to raise money to fund Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan’s financial assistance programs. The girls wear their uniforms, take orders, wait on customers and help frost donuts from 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, said Greg Garner, general manager of Sweetwater’s.

“Girl Scouts of all ages come in groups of between four and six and work hour-long shifts side by side with our staff,” Garner said. “It’s a lot of fun and the customers really love it.”

The Girl Scouts love it too since 15 percent of all sales go to support local Girl Scouts.
“We are very grateful for the support from Sweetwater’s,” said Karen Micklatcher, chief development officer with GSHOM. “The funds we raise are very important because they provide financial assistance to girls who want a Girl Scout experience, but whose families are unable to afford it.”

Last year the Girl Scouts Donut Day raised more than $2,000, an increase of more than $100 from 2011. The three Sweetwater’s stores are located at 3333 Stadium Drive and 2138 Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo, and at the corner of Capital Avenue I-94 in Battle Creek.

“We tend to pick the second or third Saturday in March because it’s Girl Scout Week and it’s a good time for us because we’re past Fat Tuesday and spring is getting ready to start,” Garner said. “We get approached by a lot of organizations and our approach is to give a little bit to a lot. It’s more substantive when we can work with one organization on a continuous basis and Girl Scouts is an organization that you never hear anything but positive comments about.

“Everyone can relate to the Girl Scouts,” Garner said.