Do­nate candy to your neigh­bors in need

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY - Sub­mit­ted by CandyCare Project

As the weather grows colder and the day­light is shorter, here’s a great way for you to help out many home­less peo­ple in need. Do­nate your candy to the CandyCare An­nual Hal­loween Drive and sweeten up the days of our less for­tu­nate neigh­bors. CandyCare will de­liver the candy to Life Cen­ter Shel­ters. We will also put it on the shelves of the lo­cal food pantry at St. Mark’s Church and sev­eral other neigh­bor­hood food banks.

This is a happy min­istry that is fun and easy to do and brings lots of com­fort and joy to the peo­ple that re­ceive your candy do­na­tions. We col­lect Hal­loween Candy and give it to chil­dren, women, and men who are home­less.

This project may be new to you, but we have been suc­cess­fully do­ing it for the past 19 years. It started with chil­dren giv­ing to chil­dren, but over time it has spread out to busi­nesses and other com­mu­nity lo­ca­tions and col­lected over 5,000 pounds of candy an­nu­ally. In ad­di­tion to the schools, we have col­lected at churches, fit­ness and health clubs, cor­po­rate of­fices, doc­tor, den­tist, and or­tho­don­tist of­fices, su­per­mar­kets, Scout­ing troops, skat­ing clubs, swim clubs, hair sa­lons, and re­tail stores. Over the years, we have had par­tic­i­pa­tion from many dif­fer­ent schools and in many dif­fer­ent dis­tricts in­clud­ing schools in Rose Tree Me­dia, Marple New­town, West Ch­ester, Lower Me­rion, Wil­lis­town, Walling­ford-Swarth­more, Ri­d­ley Park, and Haver­ford.

If you would like to be­come in­volved, you can par­tic­i­pate as an in­di­vid­ual candy donor or bring this min­istry to your own school, par­ish, or busi­ness.

St. Luke Greek Ortho­dox Church, lo­cated at 35 N. Malin Road, Broomall, PA 19008, is serv­ing as our of­fi­cial col­lec­tion site and will ac­cept drop-offs of candy from 2 to 4 p.m. Mon­day thru Fri­day Nov 1-Nov 30.

There are also drop-off boxes in the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions: Marple Public Li­brary on Sproul Road in Broomall and New­town Square Public Li­brary on Bishop Hol­low Road in New­town Square.

Candy col­lec­tions run through Novem­ber.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Show­ing the 2015 col­lec­tion is El­iza Markley from St. James Re­gional School.

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