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Holmen Lutheran Church volunteer Nancy Solberg (center) got into the spirit of Halloween as she helped with the congregation’s Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat food drive held Halloween night. Holmen High School students Baylea Wilk (left) and Morgan Butterfield lent Solberg a hand.

Pat McKnight

An annual Halloween event held by the Holmen Lutheran Church should make this season less scary for local families experiencing food insecurity.

The congregation held its annual Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat on Oct. 31. The “treats” collected by an army of volunteers included canned foods and non-perishables, hygiene products, items for infants and some household products.

The church started the food drive in 2006 and has continued to be involved in organizing the food drive every year since.

Planning for the event begins in September and then, a week before Halloween, teams of four to six volunteers distributed door hangers with information about the food drive, to approximately 4,000 households in their assigned neighborhoods.

On Halloween night, the volunteers returned to their assigned neighborhoods to collect bags filled with donations. Many different groups worked together to make the event happen. In addition to Holmen Lutheran, volunteers turned out from Coulee Life, Journey Lutheran and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. A significant number of Holmen High School students also donated their time.

The donations are stacked high on tables set up in the church’s lower level. Two days following the collection, families in the School District of Holmen that have been identified as possibly benefiting from the drive were invited to come to the church to stock up.

“The families come in and shop,” said Lori Taylor, a member of the Holmen Lutheran Church Service Ministry Team that helps organize the event.

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