Trick-or-treating for the hungry

The Dayton Foodbank organizes the canned goods from Holiday Aid. Trick or treating for canned goods is a big help for Holiday Aid.

The Dayton Foodbank organizes the canned goods from Holiday Aid. Trick or treating for canned goods is a big help for Holiday Aid.

Every year Oakwood Giving members walk around the city collecting donations from homes. This fundraiser is called Trick-or-Treating for Canned Goods and it has been a tradition for over eight years. Oakwood Giving members take all canned goods and nonperishables to Holiday Aid, which then distributes the food throughout the Miami Valley.
“Oakwood giving members are divided into teams, and go to different sections of Oakwood,” junior Emma Flanagan said. “Brown barrels are placed in the senior hallway to encourage students to donate canned goods and nonperishables.”
This event happens every year on Oct. 26 in the senior hallway and at 4, members of Oakwood Giving go throughout the neighborhood dressed up in costumes, not looking for candy, but for canned goods.
“This is an activity for Oakwood Giving because it provides students the opportunity to give back to Holiday Aid, a local non-profit organization that provides meals to those in need.” Flanagan said.
This event really affected the Holiday Aid.
Secretary of Holiday Aid Barbara Heck said via email, “The food drive at Oakwood did three things: 1. Benefit Holiday Aid and provide food those less fortunate 2. The Foodbank will provide the food to go their designated pantries 3. The Foodbank where all the food donated goes – into a ‘grocery’ store which is distributed out from there to 85 pantries that the Foodbank will participate, too.”

By Nicholas Hensley
hensley.nicholas@oakwoodschools.org

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