"Daisy": The 'Ice Cream Lady'
In 1979, Daisy Gonzalez set out on a goal--to become her own boss. She started her career as an ice cream vendor, but may not have realized the effect her business would have on generations of families.
Best known as 'Daisy the ice cream lady', she has, without a doubt, brought smiles and full stomachs to thousands of people stretched across three and four generations of families. The familiar sound her ice cream truck made as it rolled around the corner, every day at the same time, was exactly what beach-goers needed on a hot summer day. In fact, most families even had collections of money stashed away known as their 'Daisy Money'.
Throughout the 30+ years she has been in business, Daisy has always charged just $1.00. Even with the spike in gas prices, and the cost of dairy rising, as well as her competitors charging $3.00-$5.00 more on average, Daisy stayed true to her belief that a happy customer is the best customer.
While she is best known across the Connecticut shoreline, she is also well-known throughout the entire state. Unfortunately, on Sunday, July 5th, Daisy was involved in an accident on I-91 that left her iconic ice cream truck beyond repair (as reported by Fox CT News).
It is unclear at this time what injuries Daisy sustained, and what the future will hold. However, initial reports are stating no major injuries, but also that Daisy may not have health care coverage*. We have created this GoFundMe page to raise money for Daisy, that may assist her in the following ways: 1. Help defray the cost of her medical expenses (should any be incurred); and/or 2. Help defray the cost of replacing her ice cream truck (should she decide to continue her business).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Also, if you have any information on the condition of Daisy, or the state of her truck, please reach out to us.
*We want to make it clear that this information has not been confirmed, but we will provide the most up-to-date details as they come in.
Out of the money that was raised, $22,000 was spent on the new van, and the rest was spent on her ice cream inventory that was destroyed (insurance would not cover this), medical bills, and other miscellaneous expenses.
Right now, even though Daisy has the new van, she still needs a new ice cream freezer/chest, special ventilation for the van (a requirement for ice cream trucks), and somebody to cut a window in the side of the van. The cost for all of that is estimated to be approximately $20,000.
We still want to help get Daisy on the road, and so we thought it made sense to see if any companies or individuals wanted to sponsor Daisy's new ice cream truck. We figured that maybe there is an auto-body shop that could cut the window for her, or a news station might consider paying for some of the work to be completed in exchange for advertising space on the side of the truck, etc.
Daisy is open to any and all ideas and solutions--if you, or if you know somebody, who might be interested in sponsoring the van (or part of the van), please let us know and we can get you in contact with Daisy directly.
Steve A., Evan H., Julia C
Daisy is feeling great, and in good spirits. She is still so grateful for everything that everyone has done--from donating money to sending letters/cards and other well wishes.
After speaking with a member of Daisy's family, we have learned that she has not been able to acquire an ice cream truck that is economically feasible, while still providing her with the necessary requirements to make her commute safely each day. She is currently working with a party in CT that is committed to helping her find a truck, and is confident that they will be successful.
Some of her equipment is being held in storage down on the shoreline, so that once she does get a new(er) truck, she will be able to make a quick transition. We still do not have a timeline as to when she will start selling ice cream again (and putting smiles on everyone's faces)--all we can hope is that it's sometime soon.
As we gather more information, we will gladly send out updates.
Steve A., Evan H., Julia C
He said that Daisy was extremely thankful, and grateful, for the letters and donations that have continued to flow in to her brother-in-law's law office in Hartford. The letters and well-wishes have raised Daisy's spirits.
Daisy is currently out of the rehabilitation center, and is experiencing less pain, but still has a long road to recovery. Her brother-in-law also shared some other great news with us: Daisy will be back on the road next summer, with a new(er) truck, selling ice cream, and putting smiles on the faces of so many people who have helped her during an extremely difficult time.
We would like to take this time to thank everybody for their donations, warm wishes, thoughts, and continued support, and we look at this campaign as a huge success. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.
Thank you again for everything.
Steve A., Evan H., Julia C
We will leave this page open for additional seven days. However, after that, all future donations can be sent/addressed to the following:
Schulman & Associates
c/o Daisy Gonzalez IOLTA Fund Account
10 Grand Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Daisy and her family are extremely grateful for all of the donations, well-wishes, and prayers, and would like to thank everyone for their support. Daisy is one step closer to delivering smiles and full stomachs to her friends and family.
Thank you for all of the comments and support throughout the process. - Steven A., Evan H. Julia C.
I have spent time on eBay and there are several Affordable replacement trucks available which will be similar to the freezer type truck that will work for Daisy. Let's contact all Of the local TV stations (Channel's 3,6,8 &30) to help jump start this effort for Daisy!!
The family has informed me this evening that to replace the truck and inventory will cost at least $45,000 and they are very grateful for the thoughts, prayers, and donations that are coming in. Multiple injuries but nothing life-threatening, she is in for a long recovery and is very lucky to be alive.
SENDING MY PRAYERS TO YOU DAISY NO MATTER HOW MANY YEARS I DON'T SEE YOU ITS LIKE YOU JUST SAW ME YESTERDAY AS A CHILD I JUST SAW YU LIKE 3WEEKS AGO IN EAST HARTFORD I HAD TO PAY MY RESPECTS TO YOU BECAUSE YOU STILL OUT HERE SHOWING YOUR LOVE FOR EVERY COMMUNITY THAT YOU PULL UP TO AS WELL AS DIFFERENT TOWNS YOUR ARE MORE THAN A ICE CREAM LADY YOU ARE LIKE FAMILY YOU WATCHED ME GROW UP FROM CHILD TO MY OLDEST THAT IS 25 TO MY YOUNGEST THAT IS 24 I'M PRAYING FOR YOU DAISY BABY SENDING LOTS OF HUGS LOVE YOUR WAY GET WELL
My grandchildren are making a card for Daisy and going to have all the children at Grove Beach signed it. We will also have a donation jar to help raise the $45,000.00 needed to get a new truck. We miss you sooooooo much Daisy. Can we have an address to send this card to or tell us what rehab center she is at so we can get this card and donation to her. Hope for a speedy recovery. Bob & Carol Gaudino & Family
Best wishes Daisy! God bless and keep you.
We are so happy that you are doing better and will be on the corner waiting for you as soon as you get everything you need. We miss you at Chapman beach!!! Kate
Just wondering if you've asked anyone to sponsor her? Sometimes dealerships will help out with stuff like this. Maybe her ice cream supplier could be a sponsor? Maybe even write to the ice cream maker and explain her love of the job and her situation? You never know what might happen if you ask! Good luck!!!
Hurry back Daisy. Glad you are better and we will be here waiting as usual when you get everything you need. We miss you. Kate. Chapman Beach.
Hi ms.daisy I am from Summerfield I am 11 years old and my name is Maya please get better soon so I can get ice creams again
Daisy - so sorry to hear about your accident! You've always been so good to us! You even remembered me after not seeing me for 15 years! Praying for you. Summer isn't the same without you!!!! XOXO
I meet Daisy for the first time on July 4th, buying ice cream in Westbrrook. She made me feel like we were old friends, what a special lady. Speedy recovery Daisy, the love you give is all coming your way now. God bless.
Get well soon Daisy!
So sorry to hear about Daisy!! I have not been to Westbrook in a couple years, but every Summer I went she was there EVERY evening. She is a cherished memory of my years spent there. Such a beautiful soul!! Very kind, friendly and compassionate!!!! I hope she recovers quickly and all is well again.
Daisy!! All of us here in Saybrook Manor are sending their love and hope for a smooth recovery! We'll help out any way we can!