Where you can trade in your Gasparilla beads for doughnuts

Krispy Kreme employee preparing doughnuts for customers [Times files]
Krispy Kreme employee preparing doughnuts for customers [Times files]
Published February 21
Updated February 21

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be trading old Gasparilla beads for its famous glazed doughnuts.

Anyone who brings in 12 pounds of beads to Krispy Kreme on Saturday will be rewarded with a dozen original glazed doughnuts, according to a news release.

For those who donít have 12 pounds, one doughnut will be given for every strand of beads recycled.

Krispy Kreme is partnering with the MacDonald Training Center, which provides job skills training to adults with disabilities.

"Krispy Kreme is thrilled to be celebrating Beads for Doughnuts in Tampa," said Bob McCoy, owner of the Tampa franchise. "We are honored to be joining the MacDonald Training Center, an organization that enriches the lives of individuals in the Tampa area each day."

The Beads For Doughnuts program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Krispy Kreme at 3313 W Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. Afterward, the MacDonald Training Center will continue to collect and recycle beads at its main location at 5420 W Cypress St. in Tampa