ELKINS -People passing by Citizens Bank of West Virginia on Friday afternoon were greeted by an unexpected summer surprise.
In observance of National Ice Cream Day on Sunday - and with July being designated National Ice Cream Month - the bank decided to do something special.
"Citizens has been out on the streets a few times over the past couple of months giving people unexpected surprises with some random acts of kindness and we thought this would be fun to do on our own location for the community," said the bank's president and CEO, Thomas K. Derbyshire.
Front row from left, Caleb Ritter, Cynthia Ritter, Tia Ritter, Brady Ritter and Tori Ritter receive ice cream from Citizens Bank of West Virginia’s Kathy Leombruno, right, and Laura Simons, left, as they gather around Nick’s Ice Cream Truck in Elkins Friday. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Lynn Setler)
This time, the bank's act of kindness helped cool down passersby. For two hours, Nick's Ice Cream Truck was parked in the bank's parking lot on Third Street.
"Everybody loves ice cream and we thought we would celebrate this fun holiday by renting the ice cream truck and providing our employees and the community with free ice cream treats," Derbyshire said.
Frozen delights from ice cream sandwiches, pushup pops and Klondikes to Orangecicles and Drumsticks were free to those stopping by the truck.
Kathy Leombruno, the bank's senior vice president and marketing officer, said within the first hour she and other employees gave away about 75 ice cream treats.
Bank employees helping pass out the ice cream included Office Facilities and Security Officer Laura Simons, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sherri Marstiller and Alex Pingley, a marketing intern.