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Halloween Costumes Distributed to Children in Need

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October 25, 2017
Halloween Costumes Distributed to Children in Need
 
Interfaith Social Services Volunteers Hand Out More Than 175 Costumes to Food Pantry Clients 
 
QUINCY, Mass. (Oct. 24, 2017) – A group of 24 volunteers, including many from Quincy, gathered at Interfaith Social Services on Saturday, Oct. 21, to assist in handing out Halloween costumes to families in need. Children enjoyed snacks and cartoons as volunteers worked to match them with their dream costumes.
 
More than 175 children will transform into princesses, ninjas, monkeys and more this Halloween, without putting the added financial stress of purchasing a costume on their families.
 
“Interfaith provides a safety net for thousands of children and families on the South Shore,” said Interfaith’s executive director Rick Doane. “Many of the families that we serve do not have the means to just walk into a store and purchase costumes. Our annual Halloween Drive allows children in need to celebrate the holiday just like their peers.”
 
Interfaith operates one of the largest emergency food programs in Massachusetts, serving South Shore residents, including more than 1,390 children, annually. In addition to food assistance, the organization provides mental health counseling, homelessness prevention and budget counseling services to the community. The costume drive was open to Interfaith’s food pantry clients.
 
More than 120 volunteers give upwards of 21,000 hours of their time each year to make the organization run smoothly. Local groups and individuals generously donated more than 500 new and gently-used costumes to this year’s Halloween Drive. Volunteers spent weeks sorting and preparing the costumes for distribution day.
 
“We couldn’t operate without the help of our dedicated volunteers,” said Doane. “They are the heart and soul of our organization. They put food on our clients’ tables, they keep our programs running and they bring joy to kids through initiatives like the Halloween costume distribution. In a world that can feel very divisive at times, our volunteers’ dedication and compassion show how much good there is in this world.”
 
To find out how to volunteer or make a monetary donation, visit InterfaithSocialServices.org
 
Photo Captions:
 
HalloweenHuang: Cui Rong Huang, left, of Quincy, helps transform her daughter, Shi Qi Huang, into Snow White at Interfaith Social Services’ Halloween costume drive distribution day on Oct. 21. Twenty-four volunteers from Quincy and the South Shore gave out costumes to more than 175 children in need at the annual event. Local groups and individuals generously donated more than 500 new and gently-used costumes to the drive. Credit - Hurley Event Photography
 
HalloweenPrager: Interfaith volunteer Alex Prager, of Quincy, shows off a princess dress that he chose for a client at Interfaith’s Halloween costume distribution day. Credit - Hurley Event Photography
 
HalloweenNieves: Andrea, left, and Amy Nieves, of Quincy, show off their new costumes at Interfaith’s Halloween costume distribution day. Credit - Hurley Event Photography
 
 
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About Interfaith Social Services
 
Founded in 1947, Interfaith Social Services’ mission is to improve life for South Shore families and individuals in need. Programs include one of the largest food pantries in Greater Boston; budget counseling and homelessness prevention; The New Directions Counseling center, community gardening; free professional attire for job interviews, life skills workshops, and The Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop - operated entirely by volunteers with all sales benefiting Interfaith’s programs. Clothing and food donations from the community are always welcome. For more information, or to inquire about volunteering with Interfaith, please visit: www.InterfaithSocialServices.org.