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When some trick-or-treaters come door-to-door this Halloween, they’ll be looking for canned and other nonperishable food instead of candy.
Students from Osoyoos Secondary School’s Global Awareness Club once again are holding a Halloween for Hunger event, collecting food for the food bank instead of candy for themselves.
Grade 12 student Shelby Schroeter, one of the organizers, says about 15 students will be going door-to-door in neighborhoods throughout Osoyoos.
“Last year was the first year that we tried the event and it was very successful,” she said, noting that the idea originally came from an organization called Free the Children.
Although many local residents didn’t know ahead of time that the students would be coming, many still were generous in providing food items, Schroeter added.
The students last year collected more than 1,000 items, a volume that surprised them.
“It went really well,” she said. “This year it’s a lot more organized because we know what to expect so we are really excited about it and there are more people in the Global Awareness Club this year.”
Students will be collecting food at doors from 5 – 8 p.m. on Halloween night. Those who won’t be home or aren’t visited and who wish to donate nonperishable food can drop it off at the high school, at the Osoyoos Food Bank in the Cactus Centre or bring it to boxes during Halloween Howl at the Sonora Community Centre.