Berryville teens go trick or treating for good cause

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's not a trick. Berryville's teenagers actually want to receive non-perishable goods, such as canned food and instant pasta, when trick-or-treating this year.

Through Carroll County 4-H, the teenagers will travel door-to-door asking for food donations from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25. The club has hosted this event the past four years, donating the food to Loaves & Fishes Food Bank.

Sherry Ream, who works with the 4-H club, said the teenagers will collect food all over Berryville, from Saunders Heights to Freeman Street.

This group will focus primarily on Berryville because there are already two 4-H clubs in Green Forest hosting similar events.

"If they want to collect for their food bank, they are told to do exactly what we're doing here," Ream said, explaining that the club in Berryville will take a map of the city from the Chamber of Commerce and use that to guide small groups throughout various neighborhoods in town. She passed out flyers in these neighborhoods last Sunday, allowing households to begin preparing food donations.

The trick-or-treating is one of the club's many community service events, allowing teenagers in the community to experience "rewarding" community service that they can list on college applications, according to Ream.

"It helps kids get scholarships because they all have genuine community service," she said.

About 20 teenagers compose the 4-H leadership group, with ages ranging from 13 to 19. Ream said guest speakers from various disciplines routinely come in to tell the teenagers about their occupations.

"This helps them decide what career they want in the future," she explained.

The club will offer several community service projects for the upcoming holidays, including a chili cook-off and a Christmas stocking donation. In the past few years, the group has stuffed 100 Christmas stockings with toys to be donated to Loaves & Fishes. The food bank then distributes the stockings to children who might have no other gifts during the holiday season.

The leadership group also will host a toilet paper drive in the spring.

"Think about it," Ream said. "If you can't afford food, how can you afford hygiene products?"

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