No tricks, lots of treats

NHS members collect over 1000 items for homeless shelter

NHS members pose in front of their canned goods for the homeless shelter. In back (left to right) are Mia Dyer, Carter Tichota, Sam Petersen, Jett Arensberg, Trevin Arlt, Jude Elgert, Isaiah Daniell, and Ben Denly; in front (left to right) are Zoie Nielsen, Alyssa Husing, Christina Kerkman, Kendyl Egr, Kaitlyn Bisaillon, Heidi Krajicek, Laycee Josoff, Shaylynn Campbell, Hayley Witte, Tristan Honke, and Grace Wingender.  Not pictured are members Hayley Bedlan, Jackson Gayer, Abby Keiser, and Brennan Jacobs.  This the 13th year NHS has completed this service project. (Maycee Hays)

As Halloween comes to an end, most enjoy their candy. But for some, this holiday brings goods to serve to families who need an extra hand.

Trick or Treat for the Hungry is an event the Yutan National Honor Society (NHS) takes part in annually, with this year falling on October 30.

“We go door to door and instead of getting candy, we collect canned goods and paper products,” said NHS advisor Ginger Eikmeier.

The NHS students visited all the neighborhoods in Yutan collecting products that are then taken to a homeless shelter or pantry. The products that were donated consist of toilet paper, paper towels and all around food items. 

NHS was excited to collect a large amount of items this year.

“Just walking around town we collected 930 different items from the generous people of Yutan,” said Eikmeier. 

This number was higher when combined with food items brought in by students for the Halloween AP challenge and reached over 1,000 items total.

As the items will be used in the shelters, the students know the effect that their deed has on the people in need.

“I think it brings them a lot of joy to know that they have food and people who want to help them,” said NHS president Mia Dyer.

“It just helps them in their everyday lives,” said NHS member Laycee Josoff. “And it’s a good deed for us to do because you never know what someone’s going through.”