Officer hoards Hostess, shares sweets upon learning of company's closing

William Wright bought 150-200 boxes of cakes

DANVILLE, Ind. - As the Hostess news spread, one Danville police officer took extreme measures to make sure people could enjoy the company's snack cakes while there was still time.

People in the Danville area Friday might have seen Danville Detective Sergeant William Wright walking around town handing out hundreds of boxes of Twinkies and Ding Dongs.

Danville Police Chief Keith Gill said he was not surprised to see Wright's car stuffed full of Hostess snacks in the spirit of giving. Gill quickly recruited to help distribute the snack cakes to the rest of the department.

"When he said it was his childhood hero, I'm sure it was," Gill said. "So, you know, nothing he does really surprises me a whole lot now."

"This morning they announced they were ceasing operations," Wright said. "Well, Hostess is a childhood staple. We grew up with them, they've been around forever. You can't find a person that hasn't had a Twinkie, a Ding Dong or their cupcakes."

Wright estimated there were anywhere from 150 to 200 boxes of Hostess snacks in his back seat.

"It's fun," he said. "There is really no other reason. I enjoy doing this. I love seeing people's look on their faces when they see it, and like I said, everybody has had a Twinkie. They know what it is and it takes you back. "

It's the end of an era, Wright says, one that should be shared and savored.

"That's what it's all about," he said.

Kroger officials said they received word from Hostess that shipments of their products are stopping.
 

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