Brandeis University Students Trick-or-Treated for Canned Goods this Halloween to Support a Great Cause
November 6, 2017 By Chelsea T.
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Students at Brandeis University didn't trick-or-treat for sweet treats this year, but for canned goods instead. Why? For a great cause! 'Halloween for the Hungry' is a community effort that is in its 31st consecutive year, according to Brandeis.edu.
The effort consists of campus members that go door to door asking for non-perishable food, clothing and personal care donations instead of asking for the traditional Halloween candy.
The Waltham Group at Brandeis took part in the effort this year and led the event to be a success. Lucas Malo, director of the department of community service said, “It’s truly a collaborative event and very much a Brandeis tradition. Halloween for the Hungry celebrates what it means to be active in our community.”
100 volunteers went door to door and collected nearly 3,000 items, which will support the Middlesex Human Service Agency, which runs the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen and two local shelters.
In addition to trick-or-treating around the areas surrounding the campus, including South Street, Main Street, North and South Prospect Hills and Charles River neighborhoods, the Waltham Group has placed additional collection boxes inside Admissions, Bernstein-Marcus, Olin-Sang and outside the Department of Community Living for staff to donate more goods.
19-year-old Joshua Lepson, from Brookline, Massachusetts, said that “The process of going into Waltham is very rewarding. The residence are very receptive to it, they’re actually expecting us and happy to see us.”