Students scaring hunger on Halloween
A local Grade 6 student is trading cavities for charity this Halloween.
Chrystopher Horsfield, 12, will go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food items for the Airdrie Food Bank instead of candy on Oct. 31 after he was inspired to help out his community on We Day.
On Oct. 24, thousands of Calgary and area students came together at the Saddledome to take part in We Day, an inspirational event featuring musicians, speakers and cultural icons that encourages children to work together to better their communities. (See related story on page 13).
“I was really inspired,” said Horsfield.
“I wanted to take part in the We Day We Scare Hunger program and help out those in need in Airdrie.”
We Scare Hunger is a Free the Children program that encourages students to “be hunger heroes and help stop local hunger in its tracks” this Halloween.
Many local schools are taking part in the event and Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie said the program spreads a positive message to children.
“The kids get to see how they make a difference in their communities and to their neighbours and when they see the impact it makes and feel the value of that, the possibilities are endless,” she said. “Kids want to help and this is a practical, down-to-Earth way to give back. It is going to empower them for lifelong commitment.”
Horsfield has already dropped off some plastic bags donated by local grocery stores to collect the food items in Prairie Springs.
“I like helping people so they are not hungry and I would encourage other kids to do this also,” added the Good Shepherd School student.
Jim, Horsfield’s father, said he would like to issue a challenge to other parents and children to collect food and volunteer their time to the Airdrie Food Bank all year round.
“This shows good community spirit and encourages kids to think of others,” he said.
Jim started a Facebook page called Airdrie Scare Hunger to get other residents on board.
McRitchie commended the Horsfield family for challenging others and encouraging the community to get involved.
“Thanks so much to everyone who donates food as well,” she said.
“It will help stock the shelves going into our busy season.”
For more information on We Scare Hunger, visit www.freethechildren.com