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St. Petersburg is getting a free giant ice cream party to benefit homeless and foster children

Look for the Softee the King truck on May 29
Jon Boyd holding ice cream cone
Posted at 3:52 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 10:26:59-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jon Boyd has a sweet offer for the city of St. Petersburg.

To celebrate his own 26th birthday, Boyd is throwing a giant free ice cream party on May 29.

You can join in the celebration, where Boyd will hand out more than 400 delicious cones. The only catch is you also have to help him throw birthday parties for homeless and foster kids.

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“I’m a giver, always been a giver,” says Boyd, who works for Presence, a startup tech community in downtown St. Petersburg.

He started a GoFundMe page for the project called Jon’s Ice Cream Drive.

“I love ice cream," says Boyd. "I love people. I love the St. Pete community.”

He is renting out a Tarpon Springs ice cream truck called Softee the King, which gave him a deal when he told them his plan.

“I started going online and I found Birthday Candles for Kids,” says Boyd. “This is the perfect way to connect my birthday to help give birthdays to other people in the community.”

Birthday Candles for Kids was started by two sisters, 19-year-old Chelsea and 15-year-old Kayla Hage.

“No one throws birthday parties for homeless and foster children,” says Chelsea.

“Everyone deserves a special day,” says Kayla.

Working with various programs, the Hage Sisters have thrown 50 parties in the past few years for kids who could use a smile.

“This one party that Jon’s throwing will turn into many parties for kids who get nothing,” says Chelsea.

Jon said his May 29 ice-cream party stops include:

  • USF St. Pete: 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Mall at Sundial: 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Intermezzo: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.