There are hundreds of different flavors of ice cream, but the 11-year-old Greencastle girl came up with a new ice-cream flavor — Caroline’s Red White and Blue — with the money raised from sales of it going to local charities.
While visiting her cousin in Connecticut, she entered a Create a Flavor, Change the World contest at Ashley’s Ice Cream shop there.
The contest was part of United States of Community Service, the nationwide kid-powered arm of Make A Difference Day started by Delaney Kenney, 9, and her sister Addie, 8, of Connecticut.
The sisters came up with the USCS Make A Difference Day Almost-Sleepover last year. The sisters and about 40 friends collected 70 pajamas, gently used clothing and money to benefit charities for the price of admission to the almost-sleepover.
According to a spokesman for the USCS, the almost-sleepover is a way to have fun and make a difference without the actual sleeping over. This year’s almost-sleepover is Oct. 22.
“It’s all the fun of the sleepover without the sleepover,” said Kenney’s mother, Laurie
Caroline’s Red White and Blue, which consists of sweet cream ice cream, cherries, white chocolate chips and blueberries, beat out 400 other kids ages 5 to 13 in the contest.
She is competing against 10-year-old Brennan Gollaher of Connecticut and his Nutella Chip ice cream.
The winner, which will be announced on July 17 at 6 p.m., will receive a $25 Ashley’s Ice Cream gift certificate and be featured on the website and in other promotional efforts.
“I just wanted to do this for fun. I really didn’t expect to win,” Caroline said Thursday.
Ice-cream lovers can taste-test both flavors at Mikie's Ice Cream & Green Cow in Greencastle, Pa., and vote for their favorite.
All proceeds will benefit Caroline’s charities — Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance and the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.
“It’s not about the money. It’s more about giving parents a way of getting their kids involved in community service and a fun way of getting them involved in community service,” Laurie Kenney said.
Caroline chose the two local charities because they have a special significance to her.
“My mom had breast cancer, and she is a survivor,” Caroline said. “It was tough. I remember I wanted to see her, and she would be lying down. I’m happy I am helping animals and people with cancer so they can get the proper treatment.”
That was five years ago, and while Caroline’s mother, Karen, is healthy, she remembers it was difficult.
“It was a rough road, but we’re doing real well now, thank God. Caroline has always been very supportive and has a soft spot for animals,” Karen Holmes said. “I’m proud of her. She has such a soft heart.”
“I think it’s the best thing for all of us to have these kids already invested in their community, and they can see how little things they do can really change lives,” Kenney said.
Caroline’s Red, White and Blue ice cream will be available at Mikie’s Ice Cream & Green Cow Gift Shop, 179 S. Antrim Way, Greencastle, Pa., from July 15 to 17.