Eau Claire church gives away truck full of ice cream bars

Ruby's Pantry dropped off a semi truck full of Halo Top ice cream bars to give away to anyone on Thursday.
Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 11:53 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Ice cream makes for the perfect summer day treat and when it’s free, it tastes even better.

On Thursday afternoon, Ruby’s Pantry parked a semi-truck full of Halo Top ice cream bars outside Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on Eau Claire’s west side.

An ice cream giveaway is happening in Eau Claire.
An ice cream giveaway is happening in Eau Claire.(WEAU)

People could come by in a drive-thru format and pick up as much ice cream as they wanted- free of charge or with a donation.

The church runs Ruby’s Pantry once each month, usually giving out food and the occasional ice cream treat. DeAnne Swenson, an office manager at the church, says they have never done something like help Ruby’s get rid of an extra 22 pallets of ice cream.

“They just asked us if we would do it we said sure we will give it a try,” Swenson says. “We are just trying to give it away and have people enjoy it.”

Some people took advantage of the situation to pay it forward by taking a truckload to volunteers cleaning up tornado damage in Cadott as well as delivering some to neighbors in downtown.

“We are getting free ice cream for our neighbors and we are going to give it out in the neighborhood,” says 11-year-old Easton Chisholm.

By 2 p.m. the ice cream was nearly gone, however many cravings were satisfied.

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