HAZARD — The Second Chance Mission in Hazard is taking up donations for children’s Halloween costumes. The deadline for donating costumes is Oct. 29.
Summit Church, who operate’s the mission, took up similar donations two years ago at East Perry. The costumes were then given to East Perry’s Resource Center.
Second Chance Mission opened its doors early this year. The mission is focused on serving low-income families in the community through its voucher program.
This is the mission’s first year taking up donations for children’s Halloween costumes. Sarah Burton, a member of the mission, hopes this will be an annual tradition.
The mission accepts costume donations of all ages and sizes.
They also accept donations of Halloween makeup and Halloween candy.
All donations are tax deductible.
“We just want people to know that we are here only to help. And for Hazard to be better because we are there waiting to serve,” said Burton.
Burton said the goal of the donations is to help parents with the extra financial burden of buying costumes. She said this was especially true during the economic crisis eastern Kentucky is currently facing.
“We don’t want any family to have to do without or a child to feel left out because of financial difficulties,” said Burton.
Burton said she hopes the initiative will show parents who are struggling that they are not alone.
“It’s good that they have a place to fall back on and not struggle alone,” said Burton.
Families new to Second Chance Mission need to show proof of benefits in order to qualify for their voucher program.
Second Chance Mission is opened every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For more information, please call 859-494-6907 or check out their Facebook page SecondChance Mission.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.