This Ice Cream Man Does Something Truly Amazing For His Community
Doing what is right doesn't have to difficult. In fact, sometimes it can be downright delicious! See the special business being run by this creative man in Buffalo, New York.
James Karagiannis is known as the Ice Creamcyle Dude.Buffalo News
The 36-year-old runs a special ice cream company in Buffalo, New York.
He and his employees ride the ice cream carts to Buffalo's inner-city.Buffalo News
The carts travel to the East Side, West Side, and Riverside, averaging a total of 15 miles biked a day.
Karagiannis sells all of his ice cream for just $1.Buffalo News
The packaged ice creams are a favorite of neighborhood kids who listen for the familiar ring of Karagiannis' ice creamcycle.
Some people told Karagiannis he should be selling his ice cream in different neighborhoods.Buffalo News
"When I first started, everyone said I should go to Elmwood Avenue, Thursday in the Square, Delaware Park. But I needed to be right here," he said. "I like bikes. I like joking with the kids and exploring my city."
Karagiannis has noticed that the weather affects his sales.Buffalo News
"Sales are the best when the temperature is in the 80s," he noted. "When it's mid-70s and cooler, it's harder to sell ice cream, and when it's so hot, people are not outside."
Even though the ice cream is reasonably priced, some kids still can't afford to pay $1.Buffalo News
Karagiannis has a plan for this situation. The kids can still get ice cream IF they can answer a math or history question.
He came up with another plan when his business started receiving more attention.Buffalo News
Lots of people wanted to donate to help cover the cost of the free ice creams. They donated in person and through the "Pay It Forward" campaign on Karagiannis' Facebook page.
Karagiannis lets kids have a free ice cream in exchange for something new.Buffalo News
"We came up with the idea that, if they want a free ice cream, they'd have to write a thank-you note," he said.
Thank you postcards were designed by a local art student, and kids began filling them out.Buffalo News
These postcards have helped encourage more than $6,000 in donations to Karagiannis' "Pay It Forward" project.
Karagiannis business is making a difference for kids and adults alike.Buffalo News
One donor shared this comment after receiving a postcard: "Getting this in the mail kind of made up for a not-great morning today," Christine Lo posted. "Love the ice creamcycle dude's commitment to the kids he serves. I'm looking forward to getting more cards and seeing who got the ice cream from the rest of my donation. Win-win."