The holiday season is the perfect time for charitable giving. As an ice cream shop, you have the unique ability to give back to your community and help others do the same. We have a few ideas for how you can do that.
1. Start a Food Collection
Your local food bank or homeless shelter always need food donations! You can set up a food drive in your ice cream shop by labeling a box and putting it in a prominent place. Make sure to post signs so your customers know what you need.
2. Make a Treat Board
You may have heard of "paying it forward," this is a non-drive-thru version of that. Customers can choose to buy an extra treat and, instead of eating it, they get to put a note on your treat board. Anyone can come, take a note off the board, and get a free treat. This is a great way to allow your customers to be charitable to each other at no cost to you.
3. Promote Your Local Animal Shelter
Contact your local animal shelter and ask them for pictures and descriptions of their available animals. Post these on a bulletin board in your store. This gives your local animal shelter more exposure in the community.
4. Make a Giving Tree
Giving trees are a great way to give back to the community. Contact your local homeless shelter or elementary school and ask about children in need. Once you know the gifts needed for these children, you can write them on ornaments and hang them on a small Christmas tree. Customers can sign up to buy and wrap these gifts so children in need can have Christmas presents.
5. Hold a Coat Drive
Everyone needs a coat in the winter. You can help fill this need by holding a coat drive in your ice cream shop. Ask customers to bring clean, gently-used coats for those in need. Then, display them in an easy-to-access place. This way people can get them at their convenience.
Your customers are sure to love your charitable giving. The holiday season is the perfect time to give back. Try this in your ice cream shop today!