BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — James Karagiannis, better known as the Ice Cream Dude, came up with the idea to start a creamcycle business nine years ago.
“Oftentimes, for whatever reason, kids don’t have money for ice cream,” said Karagiannis. “I really don’t like saying no to a kid but I can’t pedal around and give away ice cream to everyone I want to.”
So Karagiannis came up with a plan — he created this online fundraising site where people can donate and he can purchase ice cream, then give out to kids who don’t have a dollar for free. Well, sort of for free. They must complete a task first – writing a thank you note to someone who donated.
“Kids can’t fully appreciate that when we just give it to them for free,” says Karagiannis. “So the kids are happy after and the person who receives a post card in the mail it makes their day long after they’ve forgotten they’ve given to us.”