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Grindavík Inhabitants Donate “Love Doughnuts”

A group of people in Grindavík, southwest Iceland, got together and made 2,600 kleinur, Icelandic twisted doughnuts, on Tuesday morning and donated them to a charity distributing food to people in need.


An old-fashioned Icelandic coffee table at Reykjavík City Museum. Kleinur are on the plate furthest to the right. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The generous bakers bagged the doughnuts, 15 in each bag, and the project’s initiator, Fanný Lautsen, an employee at the local swimming pool, glued cutout hearts on each bag, labeling them kaerleikskleinur “love doughnuts”, Morgunbladid reports.

“The idea behind it is that people have to realize that we can all do something. It doesn’t have to be a lot but by standing together we can get something started,” Lautsen said. “It is like a fire spreading between people, a fire of love.”

Lautsen said the inhabitants of Grindavík were quick to react when she advertised for volunteers. “As soon as I posted the idea our baker, Siggi, called and offered to donate the ingredients. Birna, who owns the garage, said ‘no problem, we can bake at my place.’ Nettó donated what was missing […] and Siggi the trucker transported it all.”

The kleinur were donated to the charity Fjölskylduhjálp Íslands, along with ISK 1,000 (USD 9.2, EUR 6.4) per volunteer. The charity’s weekly food distribution took place yesterday.

According to, approximately 1,000 people received food donations from the charities Fjölskylduhjálp and Maedrastyrksnefnd yesterday, more people than usual who queue up outside the charities for the first donation of the month.

Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr said a system is being worked on so that people won’t have to queue for food. The organization Bót which fights poverty has called the queues a disgrace to the Icelandic society.

Click here to read more about food distributions.

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