Kona Ice of Virginia operated by Mack Ingram, of Manassas, gave away free snow cones to residents of the Lake Anne Fellowship House in Reston Monday after they had been without power in scorching temperatures since Friday night.
The Fellowship House is an independent living facility for low-income seniors.
Cheri Legune, of Vienna, who volunteered at the Fellowship House, said area resident Beth Burns read an article on Reston Patch Sunday asking the community for help for the nearly 75 elderly residents who remained at the facility. That's when Burns and dozens of other people answered the call for help and delivered food and water to the elderly residents.
"Burns went online and hired Ingram of Kona Ice Virginia to come and give snow cones to the residents," Legune said. "What was amazing is that most of the culturally diverse residents had never had them before."
But what was even more amazing is that once Ingram arrived in his Kona Ice truck and learned of the circumstances, he decided to charge $1 total for all residents (50 people or more) to get a snow cone.
And the residents received even more good news later that day when power was restored just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.