YARMOUTH - While other spooks and goblins raced from house to house on Halloween collecting candy, members from a Yarmouth youth club collected treats of another sort - for the Yarmouth Food Bank.
Grade 11 student Emma Little is the president of the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School Interact Club, which is affiliated with Rotary Club International and partners with the Yarmouth Rotary Club.
She’s been a member for the past three years and over that time has watched membership grow from five to almost 40 students from grades 9 to 12.
On Halloween night, a dozen members were assigned routes in Yarmouth
“Instead of trick-or-treating, we went door to door collecting donations for the food bank (both monetary and groceries),” she said.
“It was amazing, the reception we got from the Town of Yarmouth. The amount of food items we brought back exceeded all of our expectations.”
In addition to over 50 boxes of Kraft dinner, the youths collected soups, pastas, rice and much more.
“Everyone was extremely generous,” said Little.
In the past, the YCMHS Interact Club has donated money to local charities, including SHYFT, Juniper House shelter and the food bank.
Internationally, it has helped with initiatives for clean water and children’s education and health care in developing countries.
Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary Club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.
For more information on Interact clubs, visit this link.