Costume drive helps kids have proper Halloween
Brennen Lopez, a Columbus sophomore has started a local costume drive which is making a big difference miles away.
Operation Candy Corn, helps children in poor communities receive costumes, “I’ve gone to the area around Chapman Homeless Center and there are areas in Doral and Homestead where kids don’t really have that much food their parents are just trying to make it through the day… so they don’t have extra money to go take them to Halloween and go buy them a costume,” said Lopez. Many young kids in less fortunate communities live with families that work hard to just make ends meet. So when Halloween roles around, these kids don’t have any costumes to wear and experience what most of us find common, “It’s almost unimaginable to me, growing up and not being able to go out as a kid trick-or-treating because you don’t have a costume,” said Br. Tom Long, Christian Service Coordinator.
Lopez is giving these kids a chance to go through that lost experience. “I came up with the idea for the costume drive when my mom showed me an article in an ad, in a CBS4 magazine”. After getting the idea he took it straight to Mr. Pugh principal at Columbus High School. “The project was entirely on his own initiative he came up with the idea he’s put in a lot of effort to try and promote it. And this has never been done before so he’s really inventing the wheel as far as trying to promote interest among students and parents here at Columbus to donate the costumes,” said Br. Long.
His support for the project has spread farther than the school though, his mother posted the cause at JustAskBoo.com. He has gotten support from families out of school thanks to the post, and they have become one of his biggest supporters.
Thanks to Columbus support he estimates that he has around 200 costumes and will be working with an organization that will hand them out to the kids. What Lopez has done is a great feat not only high school kids should strive to meet. The Mas scholar program at Columbus requires that all the students must complete a service project before their four years at Columbus are over. Lopez is not part of this program; he chose to do the project on his own accord.
He just wants to give young kids a proper Halloween, the kind most of us have experienced our entire lives.