What once looked more like preparation for a hurricane – with windows boarded up and lights out – Russellville Donuts was once again in business Sunday morning after the storm of last week had cleared. The abandoned parking lot was filled with community members who would not let the pain and suffering caused by a recent tragedy hold them back from checking on one of its own.
The donut shop opened it’s doors from 7-11 a.m. giving free donut holes to anyone who walked through the door. Making the donuts were the Krang family, who wanted to “express their gratitude” to a community they feel appreciative to belong to.
“We will not be selling anything other than giving back to the community,” said the Krangs in an announcement of the give-a-way on social media over the weekend. “We’re also not asking for anything in return, so please come see us tomorrow.”
Vanna Krang and his family opened Russellville Donuts a few years ago. Krang was in his shop on Tuesday, March 15 when a stray bullet busted through the glass and hit him in the neck. He was shot as an innocent bystander during an altercation across the street involving three Russellville Police Officers and Joseph Harris, who had shot his former girlfriend in the McDonald’s drive-thru moments before. Krang was flown by helicopter to Skyline hospital in Nashville, Tenn. after he was hit. Although he is on the mend, he still faces further surgery to remove the bullet that is lodged in his neck.
“We are not sure when Russellville Donuts will be open for business,” said Krang’s daughter Malis, adding “My father has to have surgery to take the bullet out. But we are very thankful the bullet did not hit any major arteries.”
It’s been a chaotic week, said the Krang family.
“We made it through! Words cannot describe how grateful we are for having such incredible souls looking out for one another,” said the Krangs.
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