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Troy Stewart's manager hosts ice cream socials for local children

September 30, 2019 06:15 PM

TROY -- They were dishing out some ice cream at Griswold Heights for the kids, some of whom take part in the homework club here. 

The ice cream came from Stewart's. 

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Eddie Bell is a manager at the shop at Congress and Fifth in Troy. 

During their recent pint sale, he got customers to donate a pint or two to give to the kids. 

It's an idea that's much appreciated by Donna Jenkins, who oversees the homework club here. 

"I believe that it's a good idea to have kids be able to do something with themselves," she said. 

"A lot of kids parents have to work. And this way they also have interaction," said Virginia Clark of REACT.  "They play. They get a snack and they have someplace to work on their homework in case they get stuck." 

REACt, which stands for Resident Empowered Action Council of Troy, does programs for public housing families, including food pantries.

Today, the kids spent time making thank-you cards for Bell, and they had a little presentation ceremony.

But Bell says he did all this for just one reason:

"Give them ice cream, make them happy," he said.  "If they're having a bad day, this could just make the kid have a good day. Not enough put enough attention into the kids as far as what they can do and how they affect the world. And having an ice cream party, they may remember this for five minutes, they may remember for a couple years. But if it makes one of them have a better day, then that's what it's all about."

There will be similar ice cream socials at other housing complexes throughout the city. 

Bell says his customers really stepped up and were eager to give the gift of ice cream to local children. 

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Kumi Tucker

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