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Halloween for the Hungry
U. S. A. | APOSTOLATE | NEWS
Conquest boys gather over 1,100 pounds of food for the poor on Halloween night.

The Conquest boys carved a Halloween pumpkin with the missionary cross of Mission Youth, another Regnum Christi apostolate.
The Conquest boys carved a Halloween pumpkin with the missionary cross of Mission Youth, another Regnum Christi apostolate.

Washington, DC. November 19, 2008. Most kids eagerly anticipate Halloween as an opportunity to collect as much candy as possible for themselves. For the Conquest boys in Northern Virginia, the night had a different significance altogether. Instead of simply gathering candy for themselves, the boys canvassed the neighborhood, gathering canned food items for the poor.

Their Conquest club started participating in Halloween for the Hungry, as it is called, three years ago, and each year they have collected more food. This year, they received over 1,100 pounds of soup, spaghetti, peanut butter, and other food items.

The boys prepared for the apostolate the week in advance by passing out flyers explaining the upcoming food drive. Then on Halloween, they decked themselves out in various costumes and started trick-or-treating for the poor.

“We would knock on the door and when the people would hold out the bowl of candy
Going door to door for a worthy cause.
Going door to door for a worthy cause.
I would explain, ‘Actually we’re collecting canned goods for the poor; do you have anything that you could donate?’” said Conquest member Blake Allen.

Added participant Daniel Rice, “It wasn’t really that hard to do, and when I saw all the food at the end, it was amazing!”

The boys piled the food into shopping carts that Giant Food loaned to the club for the apostolate. At many houses the residents had prepared a bag or box full of food to give to the boys, so the carts filled up quickly.

Said Matthew Jacobeen, the Conquest team leader and organizer of the apostolate, “I think that people were ready for us when we came knocking. They remembered us from last year and were very generous with their donations.”

Elliott Dorham, one of the dads who helped with the apostolate commented, “Halloween for the Hungry 2008 was a great experience for both me and my two sons; it was neat to see how every home we visited was touched by what we were doing, even those that were not prepared for our collection. What made it even better was the fact that instead of being concerned about how much candy
All in a night’s work... The boys gathered over 1,100 pounds of food for the poor.
All in a night’s work... The boys gathered over 1,100 pounds of food for the poor.
they were going to get, the boys were all focused on the needs of others.”

The apostolate was a great success, and the boys hope to collect even more next year. Michael Jacobeen, the regional director of Conquest, said that he also hopes to get more clubs involved in the apostolate each year.

For more information about the Conquest clubs nationwide, visit the web site at www.conquestclubs.com.


PUBLICATION DATE: 2008-11-20


 
 

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