Ice cream has been around since the 17th century, and the first ice cream parlor opened in New York in the 1840s. Some things you just remember. And what kid has grown up not loving ice cream? Going out to an ice cream place and waiting for the Mr. Softie truck growing up is an American tradition.

That's why I love this story from www.fox2detroit.

Ray's Ice Cream on Coolidge in Royal Oak has been in the family since 1958, and the community just loves it. A favorite in the area for years with memories for many.

Tom Stevens began working there when he was 7 years old. He worked with his grandfather and his dad and uncle, and now his nephew and daughter work there as well. There has been so many business restrictions because of COVID19, and it has been so hard for them to stay in business. Places like Ray's have barely stayed afloat, and only because of carry out. But we all love to sit in and enjoy our favorite dessert inside in an ice cream setting. Fox 2 reports that Tom Stevens said:

 "I had to swallow my pride a little bit to go onto GoFundMe - that was a little bit hard to do," he said. "You should be able to make it on yourself but we're in that dire straits right now."

The outpouring of support has already been incredible, with almost $11,000 raised.  And Tom is incredibly grateful. If you would like to help by donating, click here.

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