Manner Monday®: Thank You, Ice Cream Dude

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by Carey Sue Vega in Etiquette, Manner Monday, Manners

I’m not sure if you’ve seen this story yet… it warms my heart.  The Ice Cream Dude is teaching children in Buffalo, New York, the art of gratitude one ice cream at a time!  … The following is an excerpt from Buffalo Rising (click here for the full story):

James “The Ice Creamcycle Dude” Karagiannis has set up a DIY donation system so that lower income kids who can’t afford a one dollar ice cream treat can finally get a sweet cold bar or cone this summer.

Every once in a while, James ponies up and hands out a free treat to a kid who can’t afford one. According to James, he started off asking the young boys or girls to perform a math riddle, or suggested that they pick up litter in a fair exchange of services rendered/products earned.  Now, James has gone so far as to ask kids to write a ‘Thank You’ note to anyone who chips in a dollar or two. The kids (customers) write the notes, and then James ensures that the cards are dropped in mail boxes.

What a great idea and a sweet treat for everyone involved!

To learn more about the Ice Cream Dude, please visit his website:

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Thanks for reading!
Carey Sue

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