She screams, they scream for Pay it Forward Ice Cream

She screams, they scream for Pay it Forward Ice Cream

In 2012, a man approached the bicycle ice cream cart with money and a strange request — give his paid for ice cream to someone else.

Later this became Stacey Achterhoff’s inspiration for starting a pay-it-forward ice cream. After Achterhoff’s great aunt died in 2009, she wanted to give ice cream as a means of bringing joy to people.

“I’m a person of faith, and what do you do when terrible things happen? You have to figure out where the light is,” she said.

In 2012, after Achterhoff traveled to Missouri for the sentencing of the young man on trial for murdering her great aunt, she read the family’s statement just feet away from the man.

“He was a lot of little boys that I’d seen,” she said. “He was sentenced to life in prison; my aunt was dead. What happened to a person to end up on that path? What do you do? You either choose to be ridiculously angry or you choose to say “I wonder what happened to that person.”

She thought about the people and community and changes she could bring.

“I had to do something that slows people down and brings them together,” she said.

After she saw a man cycling and delivering ice cream she knew she wanted to sell and give away ice cream. 

Later, she connected with Stephen Gallivar of Leprechan’s Dream Cycle who ended up giving her the 411 on popular ice cream treats as well as the truth about delivering ice cream.

“Without getting too mystical, it looks like it’s about selling ice cream,” Gallivan said in a phone interview to the Duluth News Tribune. “When you’re on the street connecting with your community in the way that we do, it’s a lot more than ice-cream. There is something beautiful and magical about it.”

For three summers now, Achtenhoff has established herself as an ice cream vendor in Duluth, Minnesota giving away hundreds of ice cream cones and popsicles bought by community members who have the desire to pay it forward.

She even has a coconut Bliss Bar that is soy, gluten, and dairy-free.

Achterhoff not only sells and gives away ice cream, but she is also a teacher for families in transition for more than 100 kids in kindergarten through fifth grade in Duluth Public schools. She teaches various subjects and even hears stories from children who don’t have happy upbringings.

“The work I do is a gift, a privilege,” she said.

One summer, students were even able to see her transition from teacher to the ice cream saleswoman, wearing the uniform and displaying the bike.

“They stopped calling me ‘Mrs. A’ and started calling me ‘Mrs. Delicious,’” she said.

Meanwhile, Achterhoff will not stop selling and giving away ice cream anytime soon.

The biggest purpose for her, in regards to selling ice cream, is to create interconnectedness and joy in the community.

She refers to her bicycle as her “tenny wennie vehicle for social change.”

“People want to know that goodness is prevailing over evil and they want to be part of that,” Achterhoff told Kare.

Pro-life candidates promise greater protections for the unborn

Pro-life candidates promise greater protections for the unborn

While left-leaning media outlets warn of dire consequences for the pro-abortion cause should Brett Kavanaugh become the Supreme Court’s newest member, gubernatorial and Congressional candidates across the country promise to implement new protections for unborn children.

Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson hopes to enact a “heartbeat bill” if he’s elected. The measure would follow Iowa’s blueprint by prohibiting doctors from aborting a fetus which has a measurable heartbeat. “[Iowa’s law] said if you can hear and feel a heartbeat, then that is a living child, and you shouldn’t be able to abort it,” Johnson told Minnesota Public Radio.

Meanwhile, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam seeks to base his re-election bid on a strongly pro-life platform. In a televised debate with his Democratic opponent Sean Casten, Roksam stated that he is “not going to be defensive about being pro-life” and denounced Casten’s support for taxpayer-funded abortions.

When Casten attempted to characterize abortion as simply “a medical procedure like a gall bladder surgery,” Roskam pointed out the obvious: “Abortion is not gall bladder surgery.”

Finally, both Republican incumbent Mia Love and Democratic candidate Ben McAdams have touted their pro-life values in Utah’s most hotly contested congressional race. Love deemed herself “one of the main spokespersons here in Congress on the pro-life issue,” and highlighted her consistent pro-life track record. “[My] stance has always been the same. No abortions; to protect life at all stages of development, except in cases of rape, incest or life of a mother.”

For his part, McAdams stated he has “deeply held beliefs about the sanctity of life and what we can do to promote the sanctity of life. . . . I think abortion is far too common in America, and we should be taking steps to reduce abortion.”

Thus, fears regarding abortion access may dominate headlines–but pro-life voters should consider the positive implications of widespread state and federal support for abortion restrictions. Should pro-life campaign promises come to fruition, more unborn children will have a chance at life.