Introducing our new website!

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Screenshot of the website.Notice anything different on our website - We got a makeover!

We're so excited to show you the results of months and months of planning, writing and designing. We hope that the new site clearly spells out the services Interfaith offers, how you can support our programs, and the impact those programs have on clients and the community as a whole.

Thank You!

MavroCreative logoWe couldn't have done it without the dedicated support of Donna Mavromates at MavroCreative. A longtime suporter of Interfaith, Donna donated her time and discerning eye to build this amazing final product. We thank her profusely!

What's New?

We've made it easy for potential clients to find information right on our home page about our three main programs: the Food Pantry, the New Directions Counseling Center and HomeSafe, our homelessness prevention program.Website screenshot - How We Can Help You

Also on our home page, easy access to just a few of the ways that you can help us succeed. You'll find links to find out how to: Volunteer, Donate, Shop at our Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop, and More Ways to Help.

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We've also added a whole new page about our Food Rescue Program...

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...and another for our Seasonal Programs, such as the Backpack Drive and Help for the Holidays, that bring joy to so many children and families.

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And please check out the other pages in the "Our Impact" section (in the top navigation), where you'll find stories from clients impacted by Interfaith's programs and donors and some of our latest program statistics.

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So have a look around! Let us know what you think and please let us know if you run into anything that's not working. Comments are open below, or send us an email at

Fall Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers in Food Pantry

Weekly volunteer shifts are open now in our Food Pantry and Thrift Shop!

All volunteers must be able to commit to one 3-hour volunteer shift per week and be 16 years of age or older.

Food Pantry Volunteering

Food PantryIf you can commit to a weekly shift in our food pantry, please fill out this questionnairePLEASE NOTE: This form is to collect info only. If you are selected to fill one of our shifts, we will reach out to you.

One of Greater Boston’s largest food pantries, Interfaith Social Services’ Pantry Shelf has been providing emergency food to families and individuals since 1975. Last year volunteers distributed more than 800,000 pounds of food to hungry families.

Food Pantry job descriptions and responsibilities:

Morning Pantry shift (9:15am – 12:30pm):
A crew of 9 pantry volunteers are tasked with checking in clients outside while clients stay in their cars, bagging groceries and bringing groceries out to clients’ cars.

Afternoon Pantry inventory shift (noon-3pm):
A crew of 4-5 inventory volunteers are tasked with unloading our food pick-up truck, re-stocking pantry shelves, fridges and freezers and maintaining general cleanliness of pantry. Heavy lifting is required.

Take our Food Pantry Volunteer Recruitment Questionnaire

Thrift Shop Volunteering

Volunteer hanging clothing on racks in Interfaith's Bureau Drawer Thrift ShopIf you can commit to a weekly shift in our shop, please fill out this questionnairePLEASE NOTE: This form is to collect info only. If you are selected to fill one of our shifts, we will reach out to you.

Our Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop is an important fundraising source for Interfaith. It is our second largest fundraiser, typically bringing in more than $100,000 per year to support our food pantry, mental health counseling center and homelessness prevention program.

Thrift Shop job descriptions and responsibilities:

Morning Shop inventory shift (10am – noon):
A crew of 3 volunteers will organize the shop, moving inventory from the sorting room to be put on the racks and shelves in order to get the shop ready for opening at 12:30. This crew will also be accepting incoming shop donations and helping to sort and organize as needed. Heavy lifting is required.

Afternoon Shop shift (12:15pm – 3:30pm):
A crew of 3 volunteers will staff the shop. One volunteer will be assigned to standing at the front entrance greeting customers and ensure that there are only 5 shoppers at a time in the store (these are the current COVID19 safety guidelines). One volunteer will assume the role of cashier, processing sale transactions with our customers. One volunteer will oversee the checkout line, be back-up to the cashier and help with accepting and sorting donations as needed.

Take our Thrift Shop Volunteer Recruitment Questionnaire

Interfaith’s volunteers are not only the heart and soul of our organization, they are our superheroes!

Bureau Drawer Volunteers Needed

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We are getting excited about reopening our Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop!! The Shop is an important funding source for Interfaith. It is our second largest fundraiser, bringing in more than $100,000 per year to support our food pantry, mental health counseling center and homelessness prevention program. Because of the pandemic we had to close shop on March 16. However, Governor Baker has now given the green light for retail to reopen, which includes the Shop. 

We are reopening SOON. That means we need volunteers! The Shop is 100% volunteer run, and without those positions filled, we are unable to open our doors.

We are looking for people who can commit to a regular, weekly volunteer shift. If you can commit, please read the job descriptions below and then click the link below to fill in your first and last name in the weekly slot that works for your schedule.

See below for job descriptions for each shift. THANK YOU!


Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop – Volunteer shifts and responsibilities

 Morning Shop Inventory shift (9:30am – 12:00pm Mon- Fri): A crew of 3 volunteers will organize the shop, move inventory from the sorting room, put it on the racks and shelves, and get the shop ready for the afternoon. They will get in-season inventory from under the stairs and put it on the racks. This crew of volunteers will not be interacting with the public, however a crew of food pantry volunteers will be in the building distributing food to clients at the same time.  You must have the ability to be on your feet for the duration of the shift, climb up and down stairs and be able to lift up to 30 lbs.

Afternoon Shop shift (12:15pm – 3:30pm Mon- Fri): A crew of 3 volunteers will staff the shop. One volunteer will stand at the front entrance greeting customers and ensure that there are only 5 shoppers at a time in the store. They will also pay attention to approximately how long a customer has been in the store. One volunteer will run the register. One volunteer will oversee the checkout line – queuing people up in the back stairway if needed as they wait to checkout. This person will also be available to help customers as needed. You must have the ability to be on your feet for the duration of the shift.

Late Afternoon Shop shift (3:30pm- 7:00pm on Tues): A crew of 3 volunteers will staff the shop for our late evening on Tuesdays. One volunteer will stand at the front entrance greeting customers and ensure that there are only 5 shoppers at a time in the store. They will also pay attention to approximately how long a customer has been in the store. One volunteer will run the register. One volunteer will oversee the checkout line – queuing people up in the back stairway if needed as they wait to checkout. This person will also be available to help customers as needed. You must have the ability to be on your feet for the duration of the shift

Questions about volunteering? Contact Paula Daniels at


Mental health resources related to Coronavirus

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The therapists in our New Directions Counseling Center have shared the following resources about caring for your mental health during this public health crisis.

If you are in need of a counselor at this time, please reach out. We are accepting new clients and our therapists are conducting sessions over the phone. Please call 617-773-6203 ext. 12 to schedule an appointment.

General Resources

Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear and Worry
Fears about COVID-19 can take an emotional toll, especially if you’re already living with an anxiety disorder. But you’re not powerless. These tips can help you get through this stressful time. (HelpGuide)

‘There’s no wrong way to feel’: The grief of the coronavirus pandemic
Some have noticed that life during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused them to feel some sort of way. Maybe thinking about visiting the gym causes a profound sense of longing. A song from high school sparks an intense pang of nostalgia. The cancellation of a relative’s high school graduation triggers sobbing. What is that feeling the pandemic is causing?.. (Today)

Coping with the coronavirus pandemic for people with anxiety disorders
These days, we all have to accept the anxiety inherent in living in the time of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. If there was a way to dispel all anxious feelings, I’d tell you, but there isn’t. The one exception might be someone who could summon such a degree of denial that they carry on as if everything was normal. And that, as I’m sure you can see, would prove to be very, very unwise… (Harvard Health Publishing)

Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
New reports about COVID-19 are becoming more widespread and are making some people anxious. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook… (American Psychological Association)

Coronavirus self-isolation: a psychologist explains how to avoid cabin fever
People who suspect they may have come into contact with the coronavirus are being advised to self-isolate (stay at home) for 14 days. For some people, the idea of self-isolation may seem like a dream come true. For others, the idea of being cut off from the outside world, alone or with only a few close family members, will fill them with dread – ask any parent who has had to entertain two small children at home on a wet afternoon…

Caring for Your Mental Health Despite the Coronavirus
A virus that has spread across the globe, coupled with breaking news accessible to us at any time, has made many of us worried. It can be hard to stay calm when there is fear and unease in the media, stories of self-quarantines, and shortages of sanitizing products. Many people are feeling anxious, even if they rarely experience anxiety… (McLean Hospital)

Coping With Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
These are confusing, stressful times for all of us. As the coronavirus pandemic affects numerous facets of our society, it also impacts each person in different ways. The disruptions to daily life are already being felt by many, my family included—my son has been sent home from college, my place of worship has closed, and the comforting social gatherings that usually fill my weekends are off-limits. We are all feeling uncertain about what could happen in the coming weeks, as we hope to slow the spread of this pandemic. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are completely normal during times like this… (National Institute of Mental Health)

Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
New reports about COVID-19 are becoming more widespread and are making some people anxious. Here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook… (American Psychological Association)

How to Manage Anxiety During a Pandemic
Anxiety is so idiosyncratic that it’s difficult to pinpoint a “type” that’s most common. For some, it might feel like vines of dread roping themselves around you the night before a big work deadline, or maybe like a creeping cloud of unease that settles in during your morning commute. Maybe you cope by taking prescribed medication or going for a run; maybe you’ve gotten suspiciously into baking bread… (Vox)

Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine
After having thirty-one sessions this week with patients where the singular focus was COVID-19 and how to cope, I decided to consolidate my advice and make a list that I hope is helpful to all.  I can’t control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this… (Simon Fraser University)

Resources for Children

Stress, Resilience, and the Role of Science: Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has the capacity to affect every person in the world—and how each individual responds can potentially affect everyone else. In addition to the efforts of courageous health care providers, first responders, and a wide range of workers providing other vital services, countless numbers of selfless individuals are leaping into action to meet the rapidly changing needs of people most affected by the economic, social, and health impacts of this crisis… (Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University)

What to Say to Help Kids Feel Calm When the World Feels Fragile
When their days come with spikes, our children will turn to us. We won’t always be able to fix the breakages, but we don’t need to. We don’t need to do very much at all. As the important adult in their world, you have a profound capacity to soften the sharp edges and bring their world back to safe enough… (Hey Sigmund)

The Child Mind Institute
This independent, national nonprofit is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. They are holding twice daily Facebook Live video chats with clinicians, daily social media posts on parenting, and houses media interviews with experts on COVID-19.

Boston University’s Children’s Center
BU has assembled a “Parenting During the Pandemic” website, offering parenting resources, at-home activities and guidance on talking to your children about the coronavirus.

Trinka and Sam: Fighting the Big Virus
A children’s picture book, intended to help young children and families talk about COVID-19 and the need to shelter in place. Available as a free download with an optional companion guide… (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

How to Help Teens Shelter in Place
Parents everywhere are struggling to get their teenagers and college students to “shelter-in-place.” Teens are not made for isolation, which makes COVID-19 especially hard on them—and it makes them difficult to control… (Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley)

Resources for Those in Recovery

New England Region of Narcotics Anonymous Virtual Meetings List

Online AA Meetings Directory


Stop the Stigma 5K postponed; A note from our race director

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Due to public health concerns surrounding coronavirus and recommendations against large gatherings, we’ve made the decision to postpone our annual Stop the Stigma 5K, which was originally scheduled for May 2, 2020. Please see the letter below from our race director:

Dear friends,

Today, I write to you not only as the Stop the Stigma 5K Race Director, but also as a fellow runner and someone who struggles with anxiety. The Stop the Stigma 5K is near and dear to my heart. Every year, I look forward to planning this event and seeing hundreds of people show up on that beautiful spring day to run in support of mental health. So today, it breaks my heart to let you know that because the current coronavirus crisis, we must postpone it. And I wish I could tell you the exact date that we can all get together in solidarity and run (or walk) for our loved ones who are suffering. But I can’t. The reality is we do not know when it will be safe to gather again.

Yesterday, I went for a long run. I needed it to work through what I have been feeling and to try to feel hopeful. I am struggling to make sense of this all, with mounting anxiety about what this means going forward. And during my run I thought about what I was going to say in this email. I know we cannot control much right now. We are in the “long run” of our lives right now. It may not be as soon as we would like, but we can stay hopeful that we will be able to gather again to stop the stigma. Just like during any long run, if you take it one mile at a time and stay positive, you will get through it and it will feel rewarding in the end.

Since we changed the focus of this event several years ago to stop the stigma of mental illness and addiction and to raise funds for our New Directions Counseling Center, the community support around this has been awe-inspiring. We have raised $186,000 to provide counseling sessions to those that are uninsured or cannot afford their high co-pays or deductibles (close to 7,500 counseling sessions!). This event has truly saved lives. But there is still much work to be done. There are still so many of our friends, family and neighbors that suffer in silence or suffer because they cannot afford the help they so desperately need. And this current state of affairs is only going to exacerbate fears and anxieties. However, our New Directions therapists are there to help. They are currently taking protective measures and conducting counseling sessions over the phone.

We need your continued support to meet the demand that is and will be put on our therapists. This year we have raised $36,000 for the Stop the Stigma 5K through generous sponsorships, donations and your registration fees. We were on the trajectory to make this a record-breaking year. Help us keep that momentum going to reach our goal of $55,000. Please donate.

On May 2, go for a run or a walk and share it with us! As soon as we know when we can all get together again in celebration, we will be shouting it from the roof tops. Until then, please stay safe and stay well.

Take care,

Paula Daniels
Director of Development ~ Interfaith Social Services

Interfaith’s response to COVID-19

Food Pantry

UPDATED: Sept. 15, 2020 10am


Interfaith Social Services’ food pantry is an essential program and is open regular hours (Monday-Friday, 10-11:45am, and Wednesday evenings 5-7pm).

We’re following guidance from the CDC and local health officials and have implemented protective measures to limit person to person contact. We are also having our building professionally disinfected on a regular basis. We strive to continue providing exceptional service as well as food and emergency assistance to our neighbors in need.

Clients who drive will wait in their cars instead of waiting in the food pantry waiting room. They will pull up to our front doors and a volunteer will come out to their car and check them in. Groceries will then be brought out to the car. Clients who walk or take public transportation to the pantry will check in outside with a volunteer and then proceed to a covered outdoor waiting area. We are limiting the number of clients in the building so that people can keep a safe distance from each other.

New clients are welcome. Please arrive during regular pantry hours and bring:

  • Identification for each member of the household
  • Proof of residency (ex. A utility bill, rental agreement, etc.). Our food pantry only serves residents of Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate and Weymouth.

More details here:


The Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop is OPEN! Shop hours are Monday-Friday, 12:30-3:30pm and late on Tuesdays until 7pm.

We are taking Thrift Shop donations BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please sign up for an appointment here:

Volunteers are needed at the Bureau Drawer! If you're interested in signing up for a regular, weekly shift in the Shop, please fill out this Google form. Both morning inventory shifts and afternoon retail shifts are available.


Interfaith cares deeply for all who depend on our programs. We want to make sure counseling clients can still access services, even if they cannot or do not feel comfortable coming into the office. The Counseling Center remains open, though therapists and clients may choose to conduct sessions over the phone.

The Counseling Center is accepting new clients. Please call 617-773-6203 ext. 12 to schedule an appointment.

Our therapists have assembled a list of coronavirus-related resources about caring for your mental health, talking to your children and maintaining addiction recovery:

  • Our biggest need is monetary donations. We are seeing a dramatic increase in new clients and are now having to purchase additional food, paper and plastic bags, masks, gloves and professional sanitizing services. Fortunately, we have very strong spending power – with just $1 we can purchase the equivalent of 5 meals. Please give if you are able. DONATE NOW:
  • We are also in need of food pantry volunteers. Please fill out this Google form if you are interested in joining our volunteer team.
  • Donations of nonperishable food items, diapers, feminine hygiene products, toiletries and cleaning products are welcome. Donations can be dropped off at Interfaith, 105 Adams St., Quincy, Monday-Friday 9am-3pm and also Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 7pm.


Help us go plastic free!

Food Pantry

We’re in need of reusable bags for the food pantry

As Quincy moves to eliminate single-use plastic bags at retailers, we are seeking donations of reusable bags for use the food pantry.

Interfaith distributes more than 50,000 bags of groceries each year, and that adds up to a lot of plastic and paper bags!

Since the Fall, we’ve been encouraging food pantry clients to bring reusable bags on each visit, enticing those who do with a monthly raffle for a grocery store gift card.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the funds to purchase reusable bags for our clients. We hope that local business and organizations will consider donating their extra promotional bags so that we can go plastic and paper bag free in our food pantry.

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate bags during our business hours, Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm and until 7pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Smaller amounts of bags can be delivered off-hours to the donation bin around back of the building, at 105 Adams St. in Quincy.

Questions about the food pantry or our reusable bag initiative? Contact Executive Director Rick Doane at or 617-773-6203 ext. 17.

#MLKDay – a Day of Service

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Our offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, in honor of #MLKDay.
MLK Day is federally designated as a day of service and we encourage you to make it a “day on” rather than a day off. Even though our offices will be closed, you can still volunteer for Interfaith Monday by:
  • cleaning out your closet and setting aside donations for Interfaith’s Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop or textile recycling
  • collecting nonperishable foods and toiletry items for Interfaith’s food pantry
  • purchasing or donating some of your lightly used reusable shopping bags to the food pantry
  • sorting through your no-longer-needed children’s books to be used in Interfaith’s pantry waiting room

Highlights from Feed the Hungry Gala 2019

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Hundreds of Interfaith Social Services’ supporters gathered on Dec. 6 to “Party with a Purpose” at our 22nd annual Feed the Hungry Gala. The event, held at Granite Links Golf Club, raised more than $310,000 to support Interfaith’s programs.

Thank you to all who attended and donated!

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For those that could not attend, here is an overview of an evening filled with food, fun and breathtaking generosity:

We are overjoyed about the outpouring of support of our Feed the Hungry Gala! Accounting for one-third of Interfaith’s overall annual budget, the Gala is instrumental in allowing us to carry out our mission. Our food pantry distributes more than 600,000 meals each year and seasonal programs provide local families in need with Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving meals, school backpacks and more. This week we are distributing holiday gifts to more than 750 children. The generous support given through our annual Gala enables us to keep up with the increased number of families coming to our door in need of food, mental health counseling and housing assistance.

The planning for this event started nearly a year ago as our gala committee worked tirelessly securing corporate sponsorships and organizing the auctions. A special thank you to this year’s lead sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Arbella Insurance Foundation and Hero Sponsors including the Rural Masonic Lodge of QuincyMavroCreativeQuincy Mutual GroupSignet Electronic Systems and A Healthy Balance, Inc. We are also incredibly grateful for our “Friends of Interfaith” sponsors who asked to remain anonymous. Your support means the world to us!

Our morning kicked off bright and early, as Granite Links Golf Club began to transform into a winter wonderland (with some help from a little flurry outside). A group of wonderful corporate volunteers from Arbella Insurance spent the day hauling supplies to the venue, setting up signage and games. Our friends at Stop and Shop set up a spectacular produce-themed display, including a life-size cardboard cutout of Marty the Robot, in the rotunda for our photo op backdrop. Best of all, the gorgeous fruit and veggies in the display were later delivered to Interfaith to distribute to our food pantry clients!

After checking in, guests were greeted with a Winter Berry Blast welcome cocktail from Spiritfruit. Guests could then browse our silent auction table, showcasing more than 40 fabulous packages including getaways, private chef dinners, sports tickets and more. Thank you so much to the hundreds of companies that donated auction items and gift certificates.

Gala guests sampled dishes and sweet treats from local restaurants Alma Nove, Big Rock Oyster Company, Fratelli’s Pastry Shop, Granite Links Golf Club, JP Fuji Group, Montilio’s Baking Company, Sadie Mae’s Cupcake Café, The Corner Stop Eatery, The Quarry Restaurant & Lounge, The Range, The Townshend and Victory Point Marina Bay.

Representatives from Bent Water Brewing, Mayflower Brewing and Stellwagen Beer Company served up tastings in the Craft Beer Corner, Spiritfruit sampled their vodka and sparkling juice beverages, and Bin Ends poured wine tastings for the crowd. Coffee Break Café offered up coffees and flavored lattes.

Fun games, including a Spin the Bottle wine game, Hole in One golf, new Punch Board and Cocoa Pong games and the ever-popular Snow Ball Toss, added to the festive atmosphere. Guests could win prizes valued from $5 to $500!

Our evening’s program included a moving video that highlighted one of Interfaith’s clients, Bill. Bill spoke about how Interfaith’s counseling center and food pantry was there during a very difficult time in his life. Because of Interfaith, he not only was able to provide food for his family, but he also found dignity and hope. Bill is grateful for the support that our donors provide. It was heartwarming to see the generosity of our attendees as they raised their bid cards and made a pledge to Interfaith in reaction to hearing his story.

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The night was extraordinary! But it takes a lot of work to make it all happen. Interfaith’s Feed the Hungry Gala Committee, led by co-chairs Donna Mavromates and Maura O’Brien, is made up of an incredible group of volunteers who show their compassion and dedication by working overtime collecting auction items, securing sponsors, organizing volunteers and much more. They are amazing – THANK YOU!

Want to see more photos from the event? Check out our album on Facebook.

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Hundreds of kids select Halloween costumes thanks to your donations

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Trick or Treat! Thanks to the amazing outpouring of generosity from our community, the children we serve in our food pantry will get to shout out these three words as they knock on doors tonight hoping to fill their little bags with tasty treats.

On Saturday, October 19, Interfaith’s staff and volunteers distributed costumes to more than 250 children whose parents are struggling to keep food on the table. For many of them, the extra expense of a Halloween costume is considered a luxury they just cannot afford. Because of the kind donations from our community, these children will be able to dress up and celebrate the Halloween festivities just like their peers.

The support for our Halloween Costume Drive over the last six weeks from individuals and community groups has been overwhelming. Hundreds of costumes were dropped off here during the drive. Thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, East Coast Printing, FoxRock Properties, Signet Electronics, and St. Joseph Church for their wonderful costume donations. And a very special thank you to Stop & Shop! They not only donated costumes, they also gave us 250 sugar pumpkins and enough candy to fill 250 goody bags for each child that attended the event.

Thank you Milton Girl Scout Troop 76176!
This amazing group of girls and their troop leaders assembled 250 goody bags. They even donated candy and Halloween-themed tattoos, rings and glow sticks to go in the bags. Thank you Girl Scouts!

Thank you to our Halloween Costume distribution “dream team” of volunteers who gave us hours of their time assisting the children we serve in finding the perfect costume.

Volunteers from the Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop set up our “spooky wall” photo backdrop. Before heading out with smiles on their faces and treat bags in hand, the kids were able to try on their costumes and take a photo. Thank you so much!

The Patriot Ledger sent a reporter and photographer to the event and we thank them for their wonderful coverage. Read the article here.

Thank you Gary Higgins Photography for capturing all of the precious moments from the event. Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

One of the children knocking on your door this evening might just be wearing a costume that you donated. Happy haunting!