Cecilia DowdJul 26, 2016, 4:12 pmJul 26, 2016, 4:13 pm

Red Mango with a side of charity: North Babylon shop helps veterans become entrepreneurs

Donations to New York non-profit will help returning soldiers get back on their feet

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Next time you’re craving frozen yogurt, you can do a good deed while treating yourself at Red Mango in North Babylon. The shop is donating 100 percent of its proceeds to Easter Seals New York, a non-profit that is getting returning veterans into an entrepreneurial groove.

“We'll be providing entrepreneurial training and internship programs for veterans. We'll be creating opportunities, employment opportunities for people with disabilities and veterans,” Joe Giannetto of Easter Seals said.

Navy veteran Kim Elvin is heading the program. She says the service is giving participants an entire view of what it’s like to run a business.

“Primarily, it will be training to get hands-on on how to run a business from front-of-the-house to back-of-the-house, finances, human resources; it gives them a whole army of services,” Elvin said.

With all of the store's proceeds going to Easter Seals New York's programs, it’s hard to imagine why the franchise would want to donate an entire store. While it's a financial loss, COO of Red Mango Craig Erlich says the benefits outweigh the finances.

“When we decided to donate that, it just seemed it was a fitting way that we can be a socially responsible company,” he said.

When it comes to dessert, customers now have the option to have their frozen yogurt sprinkled with philanthropy.

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