Meridian, Miss. (WTOK) - Summer is officially in full swing, and that means some brutally hot temperatures. But there's one man in Meridian is working to keep you cool.
Brandon Jones took me on a tour of his mobile snow cone stand.
"It's a whole Kona Ice experience," he explained. "It's not just a snow cone. It's a complete experience."
He's been selling snow cones for almost a year, so I knew he could show me the ropes.
It took a couple tries to master shaping the ice. Soon, after learning the proper snow cone technique, I was put to the test. Several customers all showed up at once, hungry for a treat.
Serving up so many snow cones in the heat of the day is no easy task. And while I was hard at work, my afternoon photographer Lindsey Hall was finding any excuse to look for some A/C.
"I'm not used to this!" he shouted, while sticking his head in a customer's car. "I'm used to that air-conditioned studio!"
Jones says it's fun to be a part of such a unique job, and he doesn't have any trouble selling his product.
"It's great because I"m not selling something that's hard to sell," he told us. "It puts a smile on their face."
And something extra to put a smile on your face: Kona Ice and Citizens National Bank are teaming up to help others.
"That's another big key part of our whole philosophy and model," Jones told me. "Most of the time, we give back 25 percent of whatever we do."
"25 percent of the funds raised through Kona Ice goes to Relay for Life," Trent Williams, from Citizens National bank explained.
Kona Ice has given back more than $15,000 to local schools, churches and youth sports.
Serving up smiles while giving back to the community? Sign me up.