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Kona Ice giving out free snow cones on Tax Day in Gainesville
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Morgan Kleiber hands out Kona Ice to kids at Lanier Elementary School. - photo by Erin O. Smith

A friendly neighborhood snow cone truck is trying to make Tax Day a little less horrible this year.

Kona Ice will be parked at 300 Henry Ward Way near the Gainesville square from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 15, which if you’re not aware is the deadline to file your taxes. Surprise!

Gainesville franchisees Morgan and Paul Kleiber will be giving out free snow cones on Monday as part of the brand’s national Chill Out Day on Tax Day.

Chill Out Day

What: Kona Ice giving out free snow cones

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Monday, April 15

Where: Downtown Gainesville

How much: Free

All Kona Ice franchises donate 20 cents of every dollar earned, according to Morgan Kleiber, and in the local companies four years in business it has donated about $120,000 to various causes.

“We’ve made a little bit of headway in partnering with Hall County Parks and Rec and a lot of the school districts,” Kleiber said, “so we’re really hoping we break our record — our individual record — and bump it up to $150,000 to the end of the year. We’re just over $120,000 now.”

Local Kona Ice gigs usually end with a donation of 20 percent of the company’s revenue, whether its cutting a check to a nonprofit or local school or just trying to take a bit of the sting out of Tax Day with some free snow cones.

Kona Ice has four full-time employees, including Morgan and Paul Kleiber.

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