GENEVA, N.Y.-A Hobart and William Smith alum, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated $1,000 to provide for Halloween costumes for children who live in the community and would likely go without the traditional festive garb. The funds were distributed through the Colleges' Office of Public Service to three Geneva agencies: Geneva Agri-Business Child Development, Boys and Girls Club of Geneva, Inc., and Neighbor's Night at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
Peter Tierney, a Hobart junior who helped organize the program through the public service office, said vouchers were purchased with the funds at Kmart and Wal-Mart and those vouchers were given to coordinators at the Geneva agencies. Tierney, of Keuka Park, said members of the Geneva community were very enthusiastic to hear about the project.
Sue Adams, of St. Peter's Church, said the donation definitely fills a need in the community. “It's the time of the year when everybody wants a costume. A mask alone can cost between $5 and $15 and many families don't have the extra money,” said Adams, who distributed them last night at Neighbor's Night. “The adults and children were extremely happy to receive the gift.”
Adams was given 16 vouchers to pass along to families. Geneva children will need costumes for trick or treat night, which this year is on Tuesday, October 30, and for the parade in Geneva which will be held on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31.
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