During THINK Coffee’s grand-opening event Aug. 17 and 18, the new business was able to raise $1,050.
The local coffee kiosk is owned by John and Jo Keith and donates proceeds to nonprofits in the area.
Funds raised during the grand-opening event were donated to Community Connections, an organization that offers adapted activities for children intellectual and physical special needs and disorders.
“We are so thankful and overwhelmed by the support,” Executive Director Courtney Leach said. “We are using those funds to purchase rash guards, noodles, kick-boards and pay for pool rental for our swim program that is offered in Conway at [the University of Central Arkansas] this fall.”
Leach said the swim program will be offered free of charge to children with special needs and are thankful for the Keith family and THINK Coffee for helping make the program possible.
John Keith said there were a lot of people who made it out to the event and overall it went great.
“Being able to pass the first donation along was amazing,” he said. “We have had parents of children that are involved with the swim program come by and thank us as well as so many other people.”
Keith said it felt great to be able to give back to the community because they get to “see and interact with the lives” that are directly impacted.
One user took to the business page to thank the Keiths for their work.
“I work with people with mental disabilities so this touches my heart,” the user wrote.
Another user wrote, “Love the coffee drinks, the great service, and especially your support of special needs children!”
This month, Keith said, they will be featuring I Can! Dance, a free dance class offered to children with disabilities.
The business has been featuring the group on their Facebook page; THINK Coffee posted that if someone went and liked and followed I Can! Dance’s Facebook page, they would get 10 percent off their next drink order.
“We hope we can give back generously to them as well to help assist with their dance program at [Sonshine] Academy,” Keith said.