GREENCASTLE -- Young members of the Greencastle Christian Churches Student Ministries classes won't be asking for treats this Halloween. Instead, they will be soliciting canned goods and non-perishable items to give away to needy church members.
Student Ministers Braden and Lindsey Etcheson decided to take a different approach to trick or treating this year.
"We're bringing it home. We're going to help people in our own hometown," said Lindsey.
"Students in grades six through 12 will be collecting door-to-door for canned goods and non-perishable items. They will give what they collect to the GCC Food Pantry. We'll choose the names of people who have needed the pantry services this year and hand deliver food to them by Nov. 21," added Etcheson.
The student ministers anticipate about 100 youth in their One80 church group being involved in this years' program.
"It's a two-fold service opportunity for students and adds a personal touch by delivering them," said Etcheson.
The group has a lofty goal to meet. They are hoping to be able to pack 801 boxes of food -- one box more than the number the group put together last summer during a mission trip to Nashville.
"We packed 800 boxes of food while working on a Feed the Children Mission over the summer, so the challenge Braden and I extended to them was to pack 801," revealed Etcheson.
After piling into cars and canvassing neighborhoods, the group will reassemble back at the church to sort and store the items collected.
For more information about the event contact Greencastle Christian Church at 653-5816.