GREENSBURG – Every year, members of the St. Mary’s Youth Ministry take to the streets of Greensburg before Halloween to trick or treat for canned goods and monetary donations to benefit the Greensburg Bread of Life.
This will be the seventh year for the annual event. It began in 2007 as a challenge to the Youth Ministry to create a collaborative service project designed to benefit the community. Over the years, it has become one of the highlights of the year for the students, as well as a massive boost to the Greensburg Community Bread of Life. Classes within the Youth Ministry even have a competition among them to see who can collect the most money and food, with pizza and ice cream parties for their entire grade as prizes.
Approximately 150 junior high and high school students from St. Mary’s Church will don their costumes and go trick or treating for non-perishable food items and monetary donations Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will also be more than 100 adults from the St. Mary’s Parish helping out by serving as drivers for the kids or working at City Hall to weigh and sort all the donations.
According to the Bread of Life, in two hours, students typically collect enough food to feed the hungry in the community for nine months. Previously, the event would provide enough food and money to get Bread of Life through an entire year, but the economic recession of recent years, coupled with the increased need, has made the gathered supplies not last as long.
Kristy Lowe, one of the organizers for the affair, said she believes that “many hands make light work” and is thrilled to see the level of excitement among both the students and adults for the event, which usually sees 100 percent participation from the Youth Ministry.
All signs point to this being a win-win situation for everyone involved. The students have a great time getting in costume and doing their part to help the community, Lowe reported. By the time it’s over, the shelves at Bread of Life have been restocked and even the adults involved say they feel blessed to have been a part of it.
For those who wish to donate, but won’t be home during collection times, donations may be left on the front porch with a note. Trick or treaters will pick them up and include them with the other donations. This has happened frequently in the past and participants will be on the lookout for packages with notes. Items being sought include non-perishable food items like canned fruit or vegetables, pasta and sauce, boxed mixes, soups and the like, as well as money. Checks can be made payable to Bread of Life.
When the St. Mary’s Youth Ministry began this event in 2007, they collected 3,439 pounds of food and $204.71. Last year, they collected 5,043 pounds of food and $1,258.71. With growth like that, it’s easy to imagine they will break all their previous records with 2013’s donations.
Lowe reported that special emphasis will be placed on the following areas in town: Country Club Estates, West Pizer Addition, Mill Ridge Estates, Edgewood Acres, Park Road, Ryle Addition, Fairview Addition, Lee’s Addition, Greenview/Sunset Addition, Broadway Street, Franklin Street, Hill Crest, Vandalia Road, Base Road, Northeast 80. Barachel Lane, Central Avenue, Washington Street, North Street and all the numbered streets in town. Lowe said the group tries to cover the entire town, so if an area isn’t listed, it doesn’t necessarily mean the kids will skip it.
The residents of Greensburg shouldn’t be afraid if their home is approached by a zombie or monster on Wednesday; it’s not the apocalypse, but merely local youth doing their part to help those less fortunate.
Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004