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Thespians aiding needy

October 14, 2008
By KAY SEDGMER, Times Leader Staff Writer

CADIZ -- A local theater group will be using its talents to help the needy this Halloween.

Harrison Central High School Thespians Troupe 1690 will hold a "Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat" food collection beginning this Saturday.

"The students will be in costume and will go door to door dropping off collections bags this Saturday," said Advisor Linda Erbacher.

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WITH HALLOWEEN activities just around the corner, the Harrison Central High School Thespians Troupe 1690 is planning to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in a fun way. Members, including these officers pictured above, Kate Erbacher, vice president; Brianna Parrish, president; Julie Banks, point officer and Lauren Tysko, historian; and Brandy Reed, sign designer, will be canvassing throughout Harrison County for donations of nonperishable food items as part of “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat” a program designed “because hunger is a really scary thing.” Bags will be dropped off this Saturday and will be collected on Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The food items will be donated locally to food shelters, according to Linda Erbacher, advisor.

The donated nonperishable food items will be collected, weighed and then taken to local food banks.

"We hope to collect about 2,000 pounds in food items," said Erbacher. "I hope the math students will work along with us to calculate the weight of the collected food."

The advisor said this will be the first year for the Harrison County troupe will participate in the event and they selected the activity "because hunger is a really scary thing."

More than 35 million Americans, including 12 million children, face hunger every day according to information provided by the International Thespian Society (ITS), a division of the Educational Theatre Association.

The collection is part of the TOTS-EAT food drive which is the ITS's annual nationwide community service initiative to provide assistance to the hungry. The project is a way for students to help the less fortunate in their local communities.

Last year, more than 9,000 people representing over 300 Thespians troupes and 37 states collected more than 270,000 pounds of food. The collected food was delivered to local organization and the Harrison Central troupe is looking forward to joining in the fun, community-minded project.

"Our local students will be collecting the donated nonperishable food items on Oct. 25 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.," said Erbacher. "Those wishing to participate should leave their donated items in the provided bag on their front porch in easy view. Troupe members will pick them up."

This year's nation-wide goal is 300,000 pounds.

"Your support goes a long way to help eliminate hunger in our community," said Erbacher. "We hope you'll be able to contribute to our donation total and we thank you in advance for helping us make a difference in our communities."

Sedgmer may be reached a ksedgmer@timesleader



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