When The Fabulous Fox Theatre had to put its season on hold due to COVID-19, there was one expected result: Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery, which provides ice cream for the theater, was left with single-serve treats – and a lot of them.
"We weren't sure when this nightmare would end, and so I talked to our partners at the Fox," says Clementine's owner Tamara Keefe. "I said, 'Hey, we have all these single-serves, what would you guys think if we donated these to a good cause around the city?' And they said yes."
As a group, Keefe and her employees decided the donations should go to those on the frontlines of COVID-19, and they soon started making contactless drops around town on Fridays. Keefe estimates that Clementine's has donated over 1,000 servings of ice cream to hospitals, hospice centers, police stations and fire departments.
"It really does bring people a lot of joy, especially since they're so isolated right now," Keefe says. "It just felt like the right thing to do."
Ice cream donations go to those who are working, such as nurses and doctors, but Clementine's also makes sure there is enough ice cream available to patients or residents so that they can spread the love during this difficult time.
"This is the time to love one another, and be kind to one another," Keefe says. "Because rising tides raise all ships."
Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery, multiple locations,clementinescreamery.com