Clothing Donations Earn Discounted Sweets

Blythewood Mayor J. Michael Ross and Susan DeMarco, owner of Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream in Blythewood, display some of the warm weather jackets, hats and gloves that have been donated for homeless people in the community. (Photo/Barbara Ball)

Blythewood Mayor J. Michael Ross and Susan DeMarco, owner of Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream in Blythewood, display some of the warm weather jackets, hats and gloves that have been donated for homeless people in the community. (Photo/Barbara Ball)

BLYTHEWOOD (Jan. 12, 2017) – Folks in the community are being asked to donate lightly used, good winter clothing (coats, gloves, hats, scarves warm sweaters) at Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream shop in Blythewood to be given to United Way for distribution to the homeless.

The shop’s owner, Susan DeMarco, will give each donor a 10 percent discount on any menu item as well as a chance to win a $50 Target gift certificate. The donations are part of the Winter Warm Up collection effort by Sweet Pea’s, The Town of Blythewood, The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce and United Way of the Midlands to provide warm clothing for homeless people in the area this winter.

The event, which ends Jan. 20, was kicked off at Sweet Pea’s by DeMarco, Mayor J. Michael Ross, Town Councilmen Eddie Baughman and Malcolm Gordge, Blythewood Chamber of Commerce President Belinda Portnall and United Way representative Helen Cotton. Landon Penfield, a Sweet Pea’s regular, made the first donation.

DeMarco records the donations with mock ice cream scoops that she adds to a giant ice cream cone replica on the wall of her shop. For every 25 items donated, DeMarco ads another ‘scoop.’ The donation level is currently at two scoops.