Say the words “Halloween” and “kids” and the instant association most people make is trick-or-treat candy but this year young Raine Carnegie hopes that instead of focusing entirely on the sweet stuff local children will join him collecting non-perishable foodstuffs in a Halloween for Hunger campaign.
The boy made his first pitch for support at last Thursday’s Stage Fright performance and will be speaking to children at Mount Begbie Elementary School this week about the campaign, which was started by an American college professor and adopted by Free The Children in 2000.
Carnegie says two out of every five Canadian food bank users are children. Locally, 164 kids made use of the Revelstoke Food Bank this past September.
It’s a worthwhile campaign and can help kids understand that they are not powerless to initiate change in their community. Anyone interested in helping out this year can stock some non-perishable goods by the front door right next to the traditional candy bowls. Kids or families interested in joining the campaign can contact Raine Carnegie at 250-837-2077 or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Free The Children and the Halloween for Hunger campaign please go to www.freethechildren.com/halloweenforhunger.