Ice Cream Wishes

By Matt Porter

Cold Stone Creamery hosts "nation's largest ice cream social" for Make-A-Wish foundation.

September 27, 2012 Updated Sep 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thousands are taking part in what is being called the "largest ice cream social" in the country.

Cold Stone Creameries across the United States are teaming up with the Make-A-Wish foundation.

$1 from every purchase of any "Love It" or "Gotta Have It" size ice cream sold today will go straight to the charity which grants wishes for sick children.

In the last 10 years, Cold Stone has raised more than $4 million for Make-A-Wish.

"The kids definitely need some help and without companies like this doing it, it's a lot harder to raise the money for them," said Nicholas LoPiccollo, shift leader for the Cold Stone Creamery on Front Street. "And it definitely makes them happier in the end."

Customers agreed.

"It makes me feel great that I'm able to help everybody," said Kenny Nguyen.

Make-A-Wish has granted more than 200,000 wishes nationally. Almost 1,400 of those were granted in the Southern Tier.

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