Troy University’s Troy for Troops Center will be holding a Candy for Kids event to support the local Boys and Girls club.
This is the first operational year for Troy for Troops on Troy University’s main campus. According to Davaul Blackmon, a sophomore nursing major from Louisville, and vice president of the Veteran’s National Honor Society (SALUTE), the organization was created as a place “where veterans and dependents come to escape the very busy atmosphere of college and relax among their fellow peers. The Troy for Troops Center is many things, but most of all, it’s a home away from home for veterans and dependents.”
This year is also the first year to collect candy. Blackmon said that the drive is to help kids enjoy Halloween when they otherwise might not be able to.
“We are also trying to bring the candy to kids who aren’t able to do the traditional Halloween trick or treating,” Blackmon said. “Also, we are attempting to give candy to kids who have parents that worry about their safety as they participate in trick or treating.”
Luke Johnson, a junior human services major from Paxton, Florida, and SALUTE secretary, said that the Troy for Troops’ candy drive will do well and the kids will enjoy Halloween.
“I wholeheartedly believe that Candy for Kids will be able to accomplish its goal this year, and, hopefully, for many years to come,” Johnson said.
According to their website, the Boys and Girls Club of Troy was started in 1978. The mission of the Boys and Girls club is to “strive to give local youth a platform which allows them to develop into self-reliant, responsible, contributing members of the community.” The local Boys and Girls club has served the community for over 35 years.
The Candy for Kids program will be held in the Trojan Center food court on Oct. 28th and 29th. Donations can be given from nine to four both days. Candy or monetary donations will be accepted.