United Way and Johnny's Pops are handing out free ice-pops in Metro Vancouver next week

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      The United Way of the Lower Mainland is partnering with artisan ice-pop maker Johnny’s Pops to hand out free frozen treats to passersby in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley from September 5 to 9.

      Johnny’s Pops will pop up at various sites in Mission, Port Moody, North Vancouver, New Westminster, and Richmond with its bright red, freezer-equipped bicycle cart during this time. The handcrafted gourmet pops—available in strawberry and raspberry flavours—will be available while supplies last.  

      The United Way hopes that the complimentary ice-pops will encourage residents to engage in “acts of local love” and reflect on what local love means to them. The nonprofit has a goal of inspiring one million people in the Lower Mainland to initiate their own acts of love by 2025.

      “This is local love in action, which is all about making our communities better,” Michael Mcknight, President & CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland, said in a news release. “It can be as small as surprising a neighbour with a treat, or as big as mobilizing thousands to help the most vulnerable people in our communities. Everyone can benefit from an act of local love.” 

      Those interested in nabbing a free ice-pop from Johnny’s Pops can track the cart by following the United Way on Twitter and Instagram. They may also use the hashtag #actsoflocallove to share their own good deeds.

      Johnny’s Pops will be stationed at the following locations on the specified dates with free ice-pops while supplies last:

      Wednesday, September 5 at 4 p.m.
      Mission City Station
      33200 North Railway Avenue , Mission

      Thursday, September 6 at 5 p.m.
      Rocky Point Park
      2800 Murray Street, Port Moody

      Friday, September 7 at 5 p.m.
      Shipyard Night Market
      Wallace Mews, North Vancouver

      Saturday, September 8 at 1 p.m.
      River Market
      810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

      Sunday, September 9 at 1 p.m.
      Steveston Harbour
      3820 Bayview Street, Richmond