Well done, students and volunteers!
By Leah Ching, Staff Writer
This Halloween, over one hundred participants, decked out in an amazing assortment of creative costumes, braved the rain around Thunder Bay to help their community. The result of this year’s Trick or Eat campaign was an astonishing 4, 572 non-perishable food items collected for the LUSU Food Bank. Megan Clark, who coordinated the event alongside Food Bank Coordinator Robert Strachan, told the Argus, “the food bank is fully stocked and overflowing into our storage rooms. The generosity and enthusiasm of Lakehead students and the Thunder Bay community has once again overwhelmed us.”
The event kicked off with a pizza party at 4:00 pm, and prizes were awarded for best individual and group costumes. The best costume award went to an homage to “Indiana Jones,” and the student included his own mobile theme song at hand and ready to play. Of the eighteen teams in participation, the best group costume went to “The Party Animals” who decked themselves out as creatures adorned with party hats and streamers.
The teams of students visited homes primarily in the River Terrace and Jumbo Gardens neighborhoods, also visiting homes around Algonquian Public School and Hammarskjold High School.
After the initial collection occurred, all the donations were counted, sorted, and transported to the Food Bank by a team of dedicated volunteers. The event concluded at 9:30 pm thanks to the dedication of the volunteers organizing the record breaking number of donations.
Food Bank coordinator Robert Strachan says, “the event was a huge success! Thank you to everyone that was involved.”