Halloween is upon us! As we enter into the spookiest weekend of the year, we challenge you to find a way to serve and make a difference!
While young boys and ghouls spend a night running door to door collecting as much fun sized candy as they can carry, they are bound to drop some wrappers on the ground in their frenzy! This weekend, if you notice some collateral Halloween damage in the form of garbage, take a minute to pick it up and beautify your neighborhood or favorite walking trail! Every little bit makes a difference.
Spread some spooky cheer by visiting a senior center, hospice, or nursing home in your area! Many are hosting Halloween activities and are happy to see groups of all ages. If you already have Halloween plans, you could still call and arrange to come visit on an upcoming weekend! As the holidays approach, those without family near appreciate visitors willing to visit and spend some time together.
Check on your neighbors! If you’re trick or treating, take a minute to ask if they need help with anything. There are a lot of winterizing projects needing done now that we are feeling the freeze, and those less mobile may need some assistance. If you’re past the age of trick or treating, do it in reverse! Stop by to drop off some treats and make sure those in your neighborhood are doing well.
As we enter our first of many cold snaps of the season, consider those who may be in need of warm winter supplies or a warm meal. Local shelters, community centers, and nonprofits have begun posting their needs for both donations and meals! Need help finding a way to serve near you? Search on JustServe.org or check below for a list of needs in your area.
Street Dawg Crew of Utah – Amazon wishlist
The Road Home – Urgent Needs List
Volunteers of America, Utah – Winter Urgent Needs
Utah Diaper Bank – How to Donate
Family Promise Salt Lake – Wish lists at bottom of page
Catholic Community Services – Donation Drives
Utah County & the Wasatch Front
Community Action Services & Food Bank – How to Host a Food Drive
Women Infants & Children Utah County – Donation Needs
Fresh Start Ventures – Winter Coat Drive
Donate Dinner for Circles Weekly Meetings
Kids on the Move – Seeking in-kind donations
Solomon’s Porch Friday Pantry – Seeking volunteers every Friday
Family Support Center – Seeking in-kind donations
Switchpoint – How to Host a Donation Drive
Utah Food Bank – How to Host a Food Drive