Trick-or-Treat event to benefit local families

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cassville High School FBLA, FCCLA, FFA and TSA members will collect donations for local food pantries through the first Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat event on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Members will trick-or-treat in Cassville neighborhoods from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

"Missouri CTSO (Career and Technical Students Organizations) have adopted Share Your Strength -- No Kid Hungry as their state-wide community service outreach project," said Samantha Cosper, CHS FCCLA advisor. "They asked all CTSOs to work together in their local communities toward the mission of ending childhood hunger.

"FBLA, FCCLA and FFA are our local CTSOs at Cassville High School, and we decided as a group to try trick-or-treating for canned goods as a way to collect food items to be donated to our local food pantries," continued Cosper. "Chelsea Swadley, one of our FBLA sponsors, had participated in an activity like this at her previous school so she came up with the title."

Cosper expects around 50 CHS students to take part in Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat. Students will be dressed in costumes and wearing name tags, which will help community members recognize them, said Cosper.

"Just like trick-or-treating for candy, having your light on will let students know that you are willing to participate in this event and that it is appropriate for them to knock on your door," said Cosper. "Students will be instructed not to knock on doors where there is no light on so it is very important that citizens turn on their porch lights."

Some of the most needed food items include: boxed and canned meals, such as soups, macaroni and cheese and Hamburger Helper; canned meats like tuna and chicken; canned fruits and vegetables; pasta and spaghetti sauces; peanut butter and jelly; and kitchen staples, such as flour, sugar, oil, salt, pepper, spices and condiments.

"Donating just one item can be a deciding factor in whether a child in our community does or does not have something to eat," said Cosper. "We have local food pantries in Cassville, Shell Knob and Eagle Rock who continue to do a wonderful job of serving our communities and those families in need.

"Demand continues to rise while the resources made available remain the same," continued Cosper. "It is our hope that with this event we can raise at least 1,000 pounds of food to be delivered to these local pantries. Every item donated stays local to help the children and families in our community."

Community members who are unable to donate non-perishable food items during Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat but would still like to participate are invited to bring their donations to the Cassville High School office.

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