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Ice Cream Cart Fundraiser benefiting Good Shepherd House

By Courtney Burnett, Life Enrichment Assistant

Good Friday, Good Humor Ice Cream!

Youngstown, Ohio, 1920 – Harry Burt decides to mobilize the ever-popular ice cream parlor after putting chocolate coating on vanilla ice cream and freezing a thin wooden stick into place for easy handling. Burt assembled a fleet of about a dozen street-vending vehicles, including push carts, bicycles, and shoulder boxes, to bring these sweet treats directly to customers. These carts and trucks have become icons that still make kids (and adults) stop what they are doing the moment they hear the classic ice cream truck music.

Ice cream message on back of shirts

Fast forward to Wilmington, 2020 – Erin Rhyne, Life Enrichment Director of Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall creates a donation-based event to bring these feelings of warmth and nostalgia to our residents amid a pandemic. With the help of her co-workers, they decide to have all proceeds go to the Good Shepherd Center. The Good Shepherd Center was established in 1983, whose mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing. They have done and continue to do such good things for our community.

On April 10, 2020, our Good Friday, Good Humor Cart took off! Erin Rhyne (Life Enrichment Director), Courtney Burnett (Life Enrichment Assistant), and Haley Norris (Wellness Director) went door to door playing the classic ice cream truck music on the ice cream cart that was designed by Erin and Courtney. The resident’s eyes lit up with joy, some danced, and all were so happy to be a part of an event that was giving back to our local community – and the ice cream was really delicious, too. We were able to raise a grand total of $1,650.80 for the Good Shepherd Center!! It goes to show that even through the toughest of times we can all come together to put good into our community.