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Celebrating National Police Week and National Donut Day with “Donut Boy”

posted by Tariq Farid June 1, 2018

When I was younger and creating Edible I never thought I’d be writing about a donut product! But here we are on National Donut Day, celebrating the launch of Edible’s brand new donuts. You might be wondering, how can fruit be a donut? These donut-shaped treats are made with crisp Granny Smith apples and covered in 100 percent real gourmet chocolate. They also come with a variety of topping choices, including a colorful chocolate glaze, sprinkles, caramelized hazelnut crunch, and coconut shavings.

Before we launched our new donuts, we wanted to give back to the community, something that has always been on my heart. A young boy named Tyler caught my attention and the Edible team thought the upcoming National Police Week would be the perfect opportunity to partner with Tyler, the “Donut Boy.”

It’s customary to assume that National Police Week is a week filled with donuts. But for 9-year-old Tyler Carach, every week is National Police Week. Two years ago, Tyler saw four officers in a store, and asked his mom if he could buy them a treat. He used his allowance to buy donuts for the officers, who were incredibly grateful. His mom explained that they were so happy that someone took time to thank them. This small purchase sparked Tyler’s country-wide donut mission to thank every officer in America. Since his first purchase Tyler, now known as “Donut Boy,” has traveled to more than 27 states and personally handed out over 60,000 donuts to police officers. He says “I donut need a reason to THANK a cop” and posts across all of his social media accounts highlighting his travels.

Tyler Carach "Donut Boy" celebrates National Police Week with Edible

Edible was fortunate enough to create a special partnership with Tyler as he was set to honor Minnesota Police Officers for the special week. Claudine, one of our local Edible franchisees, worked with him to offer our brand-new donuts before they were introduced nationwide. Together, Claudine and Edible donated dozens of the new donuts to Tyler to help assist with his deliveries and mission to thank every officer at the Minneapolis Police Department, Roseville Police Department, and St Paul Police Department.

Hearing Tyler’s story reminded me of the creativity and imagination that childhood brings to youth all over the world. It takes creativity, passion and a selfless heart like Tyler’s to envision such an honorable dream of delivering donuts to thank police officers nationwide. Looking through his photos and watching videos of him traveling across the country, it’s easy to spot the heart for service Tyler so clearly has. I’m honored that Tyler let Edible be a small part of his journey in Minnesota and I look forward to seeing him continue to follow his dreams. I have a suspicion they will take him far!

Finally, I have to remind you that Edible donuts are available in stores across the country. As a special treat to WOW you this Friday, participating Edible locations are offering a FREE donut to customers! Find your local Edible store here and treat yourself!

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Foundation Donates to Fresh Air Fund to Give Kids Access to Summer Camps

posted by Tariq Farid June 7, 2017

The countdown to summer has begun.  Please join me in a countdown to summer and help give Greater New Haven children a summer full of adventures and opportunities.  Since 1905, the New Haven Register’s Fresh Air Fund, a non-profit, has provided summer experiences to more than 35,000 young people in greater New Haven.

When you give to the  New Haven Register Fresh Air Fund, you are giving children that chance to sit in the sun and laugh, learn and celebrate summer.  Fresh Air Fund campers are the kids who motivate their peers and give back.  They’re the kids who grow into future leaders.  They might establish their own companies, like I did. 

Growing up in West Haven, I benefited from going to summer camp. I believe in giving back and making opportunities available for others, especially children.  Three years ago, The Tariq Farid Foundation made its first donation to the Fresh Air Fund to help send kids to camp.  Recently, the Foundation made another donation.

I believe that when God blesses you, the way to be thankful is to look around and give back.

Help a young person to experience all the fun, friendships and adventures that summer camp offers. Consider a donation to the Fresh Air Fund.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference.

 

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Tyrese Sullivan is giving others the same chance he was given

posted by Tariq Farid July 6, 2015

Tyrese Sullivan (second from right), Kermit Carolina (far right) and Chazz Breland (far left) with the Sullivan Basketball Academy team.

As I have written before, few things are as inspiring to me as coming across someone who is passionate about helping others. Meet Tyrese Sullivan and Kermit Carolina.

Tyrese was a basketball star at New Haven’s James Hillhouse High School and Rhode Island University. Kermit is Executive Principal at Hillhouse.

Tyrese during his playing days at Rhode Island.

“Kermit saved my life,” Tyrese told me. “He introduced me to basketball and taught me the importance of education and healthy living. That allowed me to go to college, but I always knew that I wanted to come back and do something similar to help the youth.”

And that is exactly what he has done.

After graduating from Rhode Island, Tyrese returned to New Haven and has teamed up with Kermit again to create the Sullivan Basketball Academy Mentoring Program.

The Academy promotes education, healthy eating and exercise among New Haven’s youth while also teaching them basketball skills. The program challenges the youth to succeed academically by providing constant monitoring and mentoring. In return, the athletes have the opportunity to travel around the country where they visit colleges and compete in basketball tournaments, as they will this month when they travel to Massachusetts, Atlantic City and Maryland.

“Some of these kids have never had a chance to leave New Haven,” Tyrese said.

Tyrese, who was born and raised in New Haven, said he is a living example of the impact such a program can have on a young man or woman. After graduating in 2006, Tyrese returned to New Haven and took over a youth program that had been developed by Kermit. After several years they decided to establish a non-profit organization and thus the Sullivan Academy was born.

“We are taking baby steps right now, but our plan is to grow this into something special,” Tyrese said. “We’ve received tremendous feedback from the community, but the biggest issue has been resources. Fundraising is so difficult, and I hate to ask the parents to reach into their pockets because they are already so stretched.”

That’s why it was an easy decision for the Tariq Farid Foundation to lend its support the Sullivan Academy. They are doing a tremendously important job of giving hope to our youth and helping them learn to become successful men and women. And that aligns perfectly with one of our missions, which is to support educational and skill development opportunities that enable individuals to reach their full potential.

“We are trying to give them balance in their lives,” Tyrese said. “We want let them know that there is much more to life than drugs, alcohol and violence.”

 

 

 

 

 

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An easy and fun way to support an important cause

posted by Tariq Farid February 12, 2015

Giving back is very important to me because, as I often say, with success comes responsibility. I adhere to this belief and am both honored and humbled to be able to support many organizations that help those in need, through the Tariq Farid Foundation.

One of my foundation’s goals is to improve the lives of women and children, and one amazing organization that we support is BHcare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services.

As its name suggests, the Umbrella Center provides domestic violence services for women and children, including an emergency shelter, long term housing, support groups and counseling. This amazing organization serves an astonishing 19 towns in southern Connecticut.

Unfortunately, the need for BHcare’s services is great. It is estimated that every nine seconds, a woman is battered in the United States. Every year, the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, court advocacy and support services to over 7,000 victims and their children, all from the 19 towns they serve in Connecticut.

On Saturday, March 14th, BHcare will be holding its 27th Annual Bowl-2-Benefit, in Milford, Connecticut. This fundraiser is one of the largest of its kind in Connecticut with over 1,200 people participating!

And why not? You can enjoy a fun time with family or friends, while supporting an important cause. The cost to register is only $5 per person and it is requested that bowlers try to raise $50 each. This can be easily accomplished by securing $10 donations from five different people.

So, if you are a resident of central or southern Connecticut, please consider taking part in this fundraiser. You will have fun, meet amazing people and help support an important cause all at once! What could be better than that?

For more information or to sign up for the Bowl to Benefit, please click here.

Last year’s Bowl-2-Benefit supporting BHcare’s Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services attracted more than 1200 participants (above and below).