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Remember the Less Fortunate This Halloween

It’s no secret that many, if not most, of the people in our country are experiencing tougher financial times than they possibly ever have before. For those who were fortunate to start out this struggle with above average income, the impact might not be as severe. But for those who were already just getting by, counting their pennies to make ends meet, the consequences have been much more dire. Many of these people are hardworking individuals who never imagined they might need government assistance or outside help at all, yet they find themselves in a position where turning to others for help is not a choice, but a necessity.

If you are like me and among the fortunate among us to be blessed with a good job, safe home, and full belly, I ask you to consider trying something this Halloween that we often reserve for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. I’m asking you to think back on your own childhood, and if Halloween was as central a player in some of your fondest memories as it was in mine, to imagine how much a bag of candy might mean to a child whose family can’t afford such indulgences. A bag of candy is something you and I might take for granted, tossing it in the cart with the rest of our groceries without a second thought. But for children whose parents truly can’t afford to purchase anything beyond the essentials, that bag of candy is just one of their many wishes.

The best route to take in donating candy might be to contact your local food bank and ask if they would be open to receiving candy donations, explaining that you would love for families with children to be able to take a bag home along with their food. If they are open to the idea, you might want to call on coworkers, neighbors or members of your Church to help you raise enough money to ensure as many families as possible get some sweets this season. A fun way to increase interest and offer others added incentive is to sell raffle tickets for one of our Halloween gift baskets. Everyone loves taking a chance on winning something fun and festive, especially when the money donated goes to such a great cause.

To make the most of your candy money, keep an eye out for Halloween candy sales and coupons. You can also help stretch your budget further by checking out the offerings at stores like the Dollar Tree, which can have a surprisingly varied and tasty selection! Additionally, if you or someone you know has some Halloween costumes you no longer need, consider donating those as well. Costumes can be quite pricey, and not everyone can afford them for their children, which can prevent them from having the memorable and candy-filled opportunity to go Trick-or-Treating. Just think – you can clear some clutter from your closet, and help a child have a night filled with smiles and sugar in the process. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us!

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