MUSCATINE, Iowa–With the spookiest time of the year drawing near, Jesus Gonzalez, organizer of Where’s Our Children Muscatine, a group that works to prevent child abuse and trafficking, wanted to design a Halloween event focused on feeding the community and giving kids a good time. As he put it: “we want the kids to have fun. We want to feed the community.” His brainstorming led to a new fall event, Trunk or Treat, Eat, and Move Your Feet. Along with providing family entertainment and a hot meal, the afternoon will also help raise funds for families in need of child care assistance.
Gonzalez stressed that anyone may attend the trunk or treat, set to take place Oct. 17 in Weed Park beginning at 2 p.m. for free. Along with classic trunk or treating, kids may also jump in a bounce house provided by Jumpin’ Joey’s and get temporary tattoos. Originally, Gonzalez considered having face painting, but opted for a lower contact option to promote social distancing. All guests may enjoy a complimentary warm meal catered by Wheatland Grocery and Food, sponsored by J and K Contractors. A local baker also plans to sell desserts as well and will donate all of the proceeds to helping families in need.
While all of the kids’ activities take place, adults may purchase tickets for a raffle drawing. The drawing will include baskets created by local residents as well as First National Bank, Life Connections, Muscatine Center for Social Action, and a local Scentsy consultant; t-shirts and gift cards provided by local restaurants; and even an overnight stay package at the nationally recognized Merrill Hotel. “We’ve had a lot of generosity for the cause,” shared Gonzalez.
All of the money will go to help single parent families pay for the cost of child care. Gonzalez has contacted local daycares and will donate the money raised to them to allow them to pay in full the debt of any of their single parent families. Gonzalez hopes this will allow those families to continue sending their children to daycare while they work, preventing them from having to find less than ideal situations for their kids or risking losing their jobs.
As Trunk or Treat, Eat, and Move Your Feet approaches, Gonzalez hopes many families and interested community members will come out and support local families in need. “I think this is a well rounded event and that anybody who comes will have a good time,” emphasized Gonzalez, adding, “we’re just hoping for everyone in the community to have fun.” Gonzales encourages anyone looking for additional information about the event to view it on the Where’s Our Children website event’s page.