Last updated: October 22. 2013 4:47PM - 1842 Views
By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

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Time is running out for folks wanting to secure a booth at first-time event coming up next week.

Organizers say this year’s first-ever Trick or Treat on the Greenway is designed with two purposes in mind: To bring together the community and to help those in need.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Riverside Park and is being hosted by Fellowship Baptist Church and Matthew 25:35 Inc.

Organizer Ric Marshall said all businesses, churches, civic groups and non-profit organizations are welcome.

“We still haven’t gotten the church participation we were hoping to get,” Marshall said. “But we have 15 to 20 vendors at this point who are itching to give out candy and help those in need.”

During the event, children will be free to move from booth to booth collecting candy, but Marshall said the event is also an effort to help those in need.

In addition to offering treats for the kids, it is designed to help stock the shelves for local food banks, and attendees are urged to bring a non-perishable canned food item for the food drive.

“No one will be turned away, but hopefully they will come for the trick or treating and bring a donation of canned goods when they arrive,” Marshall said.

Marshall said that with the economy on a downturn, the time is right for the community to come together.

“At this time, with the food banks in the area struggling to feed the hungry, this is a great way to help out your neighbor while having fun,” he said.

Any group setting up a booth also is free to distribute advertising or informational material about the organization, Marshall added.

“There is no cost for an organization to set up a booth,” he added. “The only requirement is to provide candy at your booth to be handed out to the children.”

All food collected at the event will stay in Surry County and will be distributed to the various food agencies in the county, including the Salvation Army and Pilot Mountain Outreach.

“We hope we can gather a lot of goods to help the needy in the county, especially at this time of year when it is so needed due to the holidays coming up,” Marshall said. “We are trying to give back to the community for everything they do for us, and this is a great way to do it while at the same time giving children a safe place to go trick or treating while showing off this year’s costume.”

Anyone interested in participating, or those seeking more information should call Marshall at 336-918-2480.

Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com or 719-1929.

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