Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt Launches Sixth Annual Koins for Kids Fundraising Campaign for Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley

Youngstown-Based Ice Cream Franchise Continues Tradition of Giving Back to Local Community

December 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // Youngstown, Ohio – Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt announced today the launch of its annual Koins for Kids fundraising campaign to benefit Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Now through December 12, 2014, all eight Handel's shops throughout the Youngstown area will be collecting donations in the form of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to raise money and awareness for the local children's hospital.

In addition, more than 16,300 students from 30 schools across Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull Counties will be participating in the Koins for Kids fundraising campaign. Every student who makes a donation will receive a paper ornament with his or her name on it that can either be put on display at the school or taken home to decorate their Christmas tree as a reminder of their donation. The top-performing school from each county—based on percentage collected versus school enrollment - will receive a free Handel's ice cream social as well as a DJ for an upcoming school dance or other social activity.

"When we started Koins for Kids six years ago, our goal was to create a tradition of giving to benefit the children and their families serviced by the local world-class hospital," said Leonard Fisher, President of Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt. "We have raised an incredible amount of money over the past five years through this campaign, and have simultaneously educated area children on the importance of helping those who are less fortunate, especially when those effected are their peers."

This marks the sixth year of Handel's Koins for Kids campaign. To date, Handel's, its partners and the community have raised $175,000 for Akron Children's Hospital. Last year alone, Handel's raised $50,000 for the local children's hospital and is hoping to exceed that amount this year with the community's help.
For more information on Handel's, please visit www.handelsicecream.com.

About Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt

Founded in 1945 in Youngstown, Ohio, Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt has become one of the most beloved, iconic ice cream brands in the industry. From its humble beginning selling homemade ice cream out of the corner of a gas station, Handel's has grown to 40 locations in seven states, including Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, Florida and Nevada. The brand has 150 different flavors of homemade ice cream and yogurt in rotation, serving up nearly 50 of those flavors on a daily basis. Menu items are all made fresh, by hand, one batch at a time, at each location, using only the highest quality ingredients and the brand's proprietary recipes that have been passed down for generations. Handel's has been recognized for its ice cream by National Geographic, The Travel Channel, Chocolatier Magazine, among others. For more information, please visit www.handelsicecream.com.

SOURCE Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt

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