LMU Students Make Candy Gift Bags for Area Schools
At Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Halloween Havoc is a favorite annual event for the students as well as the community. Clubs, organizations, athletic teams and departments love to dress up and hand out candy to the hundreds of children and families who come out to Tex Turner Arena every year on Halloween. The free, indoor trick-or-treating event could not be held this year due to LMU’s COVID-19 safety policies, but that did not stop student groups from keeping Halloween spirit alive by making 1,700 candy gift bags to donate locally.
“After Halloween Havoc was cancelled because of Covid-19, we organized the treat bag project to preserve some of the fun and to provide a chance for LMU clubs and organizations to reach out to the community,” said Kaci Ausmus, director of student activities and engagement.
Twenty-six LMU clubs and organizations made at least 50 treat bags each that were delivered to J. Frank White Academy Lower School on the LMU campus, Page Elementary School and Lone Jack Elementary School in Bell County, Kentucky, and donated to be given out at the Gaptober event in Cumberland Gap during Halloween weekend. The student clubs provided the candy out of club funds or personal donations and students assembled the treat bags.
"HSA was only asked to make 50 treat bags. However, our members were so eager to donate candy and help out that we ended up creating more than 80 treat bags,” said Emma Cumming, president of the Honor Student Association (HSA). “It was very exciting to see HSA members go above and beyond to create a little Halloween fun for students around our community."
Students like Kobe Viles, a member of the Student Service Leaders, RAILS student leadership group and Alpha Lambda Zeta fraternity, have good memories of Halloween Havoc and are looking forward to its return in the future.
“I personally liked dressing up. I thought that was a lot of fun,” Viles said. “Last year I participated with the RAILS and our theme was aliens. The atmosphere was so great, you can’t tell who is having more fun, us or the kids.”
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