Ice Cream Dude teaching lessons through sharing treats

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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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