The Decatur Police Department is proud to partner once again with Project AVA this Halloween season for their 4th Halloween “Bootique” program by being a local collection site for new or gently used Halloween costumes. Halloween is such an exciting time for kids. It’s a time for them to run around carefree and collect candy, participate in their in-class Halloween parties, and attend parades in their communities and at their schools – all while dressed up as their favorite characters or as traditional Halloween icons. Unfortunately for some children this is not the reality of this childhood “holiday.” Some families struggle with providing daily essentials, much less purchasing a Halloween costume. Often these children feel left out, or simply don’t participate, due to their family not having the means to purchase a costume.
Project AVA has therefore brought back their Halloween “Bootique” program for a 4th year. Now through October 19, 2018 Project AVA will be collecting new and gently used Halloween costumes from size toddler through youth size large at various collections sites Decatur to provide to children in need in these communities. Their goal is to reach children who would otherwise not have a costume and make their day just as enjoyable as the rest of their peers. Project AVA will take the collected costumes and drop them off at local schools, early childhood and parent education centers, and food pantries that have been identified as having a need. The costumes will then be distributed to the children that the schools and organizations see fit to keep the identity of the children and families private.
If you wish to donate a costume to Project AVA, the Decatur Police Department will have a collection box available in our front lobby from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Monday through Friday. The Decatur Police Department is located at 707 W. South Side Drive. If you wish to donate financially, that can be done through the Project AVA website. To view their website and for additional information on Project AVA and their mission to support at-risk children and parents by aligning them with established community agencies, providing financial resources and a community of dedicated volunteers go to www.project-ava.org or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysValueAnother.