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October 20, 2012

NFHS seniors serving up scares to help the hungry

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NIAGARA FALLS —

Partnering with Community Missions of Niagara seemed like a no-brainer for the pair. But was it the same way for the organization? Public Relations Manager Katie Trombley said she was overwhelmed when she met with them and discussed the plans to hold the haunted trail to benefit the homeless shelter.

“Our mission statement is ‘Compassion in Action,’ and these kids just exemplify this,” she said. “This just showed me that young adults can have compassion for these situations. I don’t know many adults who are like this.”

Community Missions of Niagara has been serving the hungry and homeless in the county for 87 years. But in the last few years, its clientele has changed drastically.

Trombley said about 80 percent of the people the shelter now serves are those who are classified as working poor, people who have sometimes two or three jobs but simply don’t earn enough to make ends meet.

She also said the upcoming holiday season can cause even more problems for people who end up walking through the doors of the mission, because the added stress of needing to spend more and more money on Christmas gifts and Thanksgiving meals can pile on each other.

The money being raised by the Fear Trail is going to help ensure people get a chance to eat when they otherwise wouldn’t.

“(Kali) texts me every day updating me on her totals,” Trombley said. “Right now, she’s up to $252. Her goal is to reach $500, which would feed 100 people for a whole week. Just to put it into perspective, $100 feeds a full soup kitchen for an entire day.”

The haunted trail comes with a recommended age of 10-years-old and up, but Lacey said her actors are instructed not to scare any young children.

For presale tickets, call Lacey or Sortore at 248-4530.

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