Giving back

Ice Cream Social benefits two worthy causes


As the holidays approach, Pam Anderson and her son Eric are focused on giving back, and will achieve that end on Sunday. The Andersons are hosting an Ice Cream Social at The Shang Bailey Roadhouse, formerly known as The Log Gift Shoppe, at 2737 Hartford Avenue (Route 6) in Johnston, from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items as well as new, unwrapped toys.

“She has a reputation of always trying to help people,” Anthony Ursillo said of Anderson. “Pam and her son Eric are always at their best at this time of year.”

The beneficiaries of the Anderson family’s kindness will be the Providence Rescue Mission and Toys for Tots.

“There will be beverages, pastry and ice cream sundaes,” Ursillo explained. “We will be collecting canned goods for the needy at this year’s event. We are also hoping to help the Toys for Tots program. We are looking forward to having people by and help two charities as well as sharing a sundae on Sunday.”

New, unwrapped toys will be distributed to children in need across the state through the United States Marine Corps sponsored Toys for Tots. Food donations will be directed to the Rescue Mission.

“The Providence Rescue Mission is very, very important to Pam, Eric and myself,” Ursillo said. “People there take food and distribute to needy families. The organization also provides an actual Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless and others who have nowhere to go.”

Ursillo went on to say that the Sundae event would not be possible without the Andersons.

“Each year, Pam and Eric picked different non-profit organizations to help,” he said. “This year they decided to help Toys for Tots and the Providence Rescue Mission. They’ve been doing this sort of thing for many years.”

As a personal friend to the Andersons, Ursillo offered use of The Shang Bailey Roadhouse, which he owns and once operated as The Log Gift Shoppe.

Pam Anderson and her son Eric own The Anderson Real Estate Group, which operates as Keller Williams Realty, located at 1170 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston.

“Each year, the Andersons come up with a new idea and this time they’re hoping many people come in Sunday and enjoy an ice cream sundae,” Ursillo said. “I personally wanted to help, especially since their efforts benefit two meaningful agencies that help people.”

Ursillo said he will have tables and chairs set up inside The Shang Bailey Roadhouse and urged people to stop by and drop off a toy, a canned good or both.

“She very much wants to have people come in and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship while helping two great non-profits. She and Eric are looking forward to greeting many of their friends and hoping to make many new ones Sunday,” he said.

Moreover, he and the Andersons believe the timing is right with Thanksgiving just around the corner.

“The holiday season is almost here and Pam and Eric are both very enthusiastic and look forward to contributing to the community by delivering food to the needy as well as placing gifts from Santa under the tree,” Ursillo said.


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