Kids Club Adds Service to Trick-or-Treating

Nov 8, 2010

Counting Canned Goods

Kids Club took an alternative approach to Halloween this year.  There are many things about Halloween that can be scary for these little ones. However, at Kids Club we talked about how the holiday can be a fun community building time and it can be an opportunity to infiltrate darkness with light.  We decided to use this as an opportunity to love our neighbors in need by collecting canned goods when we went to house to house to Trick-or-Treat, serving as the monthly “service learning” component of Kids Club.  With a force of about 30 dressed up kids, about 20 parents and volunteers  and a fleet of shopping carts we collected from many generous neighbors 466 items for ALIVE, the local food bank.  There were a few comments from the neighbors about our greediness, thinking that the carts were in hopes of a record candy year!   However, when we explained that we were collecting items for the local food bank they were more than willing to grab an item or two from their pantries.  The children were glad to have the opportunity to give back as they collected their candy.  When we dropped off the food at ALIVE, the volunteer receiving it was very moved by the project and grateful for the effort.   Our children are learning at a young age that it is important to follow the example of Jesus and come first to serve.

We are a community of people “learning together to love our neighbors as ourselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

As a faith-based Christian non-profit with a small staff and over 100 volunteers, we serve alongside more than 100 families and their children (1st-12th grades) each week through our community programs.

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Our relational network of volunteers and donors reflects a diverse group of individuals from all over the Washington, D.C. metro area. As a non-profit, we rely on the community for assisting program directors on-site, being mentors, supplying the needs of our food pantry, and everything in between. Each member of our Casa community holds a unique gift, whether time, talent or treasure.