Choosing a Halloween costume is one of the biggest highlights for kids this time of year! The possibilities are endless and imaginations can run wild. Whether a classic Halloween costume or something incredibly creative is chosen, every costume is reflective of the personality of the child wearing it!
This month we are encouraging our ISP ambassadors to donate old Halloween costumes so we can get them to kids who cannot afford them. Costumes can pile up over the years and while they can be fun to play in, eventually kids grow out of them. Instead of throwing them out, pass them along! You might even see one of your old costumes roaming the streets for candy on Halloween night. Let’s join together and help every child have a Halloween costume they are proud to show off!
With your costume donation, you are ensuring that moms and dads from lower-income families won’t feel stressed about how they are going to afford a costume this year. Their children won’t experience the anxiety of wondering if they’ll have a costume to dress up and hit the streets with their friends in. Your old costumes are more than just costumes, they provide relief to families as the most financially stressful time of year approaches. Plus, you’ll feel great knowing that your old costumes are being used again to bring happiness to children.
Items Needed for This Month’s Challenge
- Any old Halloween or dress-up costume – please donate gently worn items only
How to Do This Month’s Challenge
Gather your old (gently used) costumes together. Please be sure to wash them before donating. If you are local to Orange County, CA you can drop off your costumes at any of the locations below. Please be sure to click on the link for the location of your choosing to find out more information on where/how you can donate. Most locations have guidelines for donations – like washing the clothing before donating, no hangers, donating in a certain size bag, etc.
*The locations have been contacted and are accepting/appreciate costume donations!
- Thomas House Temporary Shelter
- Colette’s Children’s Home
- Laura’s House – Lake Forest location
- Operation Warm Wishes
For some extra sweet kindness consider donating NEW, UNOPENED Halloween candy with your costume donation!
If you are not local to Orange County, CA we encourage you to contact family homeless shelters or facilities that assist low-income families in your area! It’s always a good idea to check in with an organization first before dropping off your costumes.
- How do you think the children who received your old costumes felt when they got them?
- How did you feel donating your old costumes?
- What are other belongings that you can donate to low-income families during the holidays to help them celebrate?