The Temple University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) held a candy drive to collect candy to donate families of the 22nd District of Philadelphia for their “Safe Halloween” party for children.
PRSSA’s Director of Community Service, Erin Quiles, connected with a representative from the Northeast Treatment Center to inquire about new service opportunities. She says when her friend told her about the candy-drive, it was a no-brainer to want to help out.
“He said, ‘Oh my gosh, I have this Halloween event. You’re PR people. Let’s get some candy,” Quiles said.
On Halloween, the Northeast Treatment Center will be collaborating with volunteers and families from the area to host a “Safe Halloween” party for children. The event will be held at the MLK Recreation Center, and kids will have the opportunity to dress up, trick-or treat and participate in a costume contest as well as view the film “Hotel Transylvania 2.”
Quiles, with the help of PRSSA’s Director of Fundraising, Marissa Piffer, promoted the drive through word of mouth and social media, and encouraged members to donate as well.
Quiles says for her, it was important to contribute towards a safe Halloween for kids.
“In recent years, kids don’t have a safe place to go, and that’s just so sad,” she said. “I loved the thought of me growing up and just going to all these random peoples’ houses. And the fact that people can’t do that anymore is like really upsetting.”
So far, PRSSA has collected about 20 bags of candy, but Quiles says she is open to accepting donations up until Halloween day.
For more information on how to donate, contact PRSSA or follow their twitter account @TemplePRSSA.