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.