By Dale Woodard on November 2, 2021.
Charity please. Take the lead.
Halloween-themed music roared and costumed crusaders happily handed out candy on Saturday night at the fairgrounds.
In this case, however, the costumed kids riding the sidewalk were replaced with a line of vehicles with stuff or treats tucked inside as the third annual Halloween Drive Thru Trunk or Treat kicked into high gear.
“It’s a free event for the community,” said Chris Plumb, president of Bikers Building Bridges, who hosted the event. “We have about 325 cars registered to go through, so we’re looking at around 800 kids. So we’ll be crossing here until around 8:30 p.m. tonight if we don’t run out of candy or cars.
On Saturday, companies participating in this year’s Trunk or Treat took to the entire parking lot, handing out Halloween treats to every passing vehicle while following proper health protocols.
“This year we have 30 trucks,” Plumb said. “We have actually doubled in size since last year and a lot of local businesses are helping us. It’s so funny.”
Trunk or Treat started in a parking lot on the north side.
“We had about five or six trucks and a lot of kids came,” Plumb said. “We had it at the show last year just to keep it a bit more controlled so we could estimate the numbers that come in and work on it a bit better. This year we doubled again, so we had to move it to the larger parking lot. We hope to develop it every year and maintain it. “
Trunk or Treat began as an initiative to provide a safe environment for children to cheat or treat when the city struggled with community syringe issues and other crimes.
“So we wanted to offer a parking lot where we could clean up the area and make sure it’s safe and gated and watched by adults and kids could go back to what the tips or treatments were,” Plumb said.
Trunk or Treat was converted to a drive last year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“So we couldn’t have it as a tour,” Plumb said. “The drive-thru seems to be working well. The children have a lot of fun inside (the vehicles). They’re listening to Halloween music on the radio and they’re going to walk away with a lot of candy.
“I’m glad it took. My birthday is on Halloween. We hope to keep him alive.
Bikers Building Bridges began in memory of Plumb’s daughter, Kelly, who suffered from Aicardi syndrome.
“She passed away a few years ago,” Plumb said. “So we started this to fundraise and help donate to the community and to children, especially (children) with disabilities. So we are working with families in Lethbridge to help them buy equipment that they normally cannot get to get more accessible bikes. (For) a kid we’re working with right now, it’s a trailer so he can go on bike rides with his family.
Bikers Building Bridges hosts fundraisers throughout the summer, including community barbecues.
“Any donations that come out of it go back to our group so that we can put them into our fund to help children with disabilities,” Plumb said. “We have our annual Superhero Ride For Kelly and the money from that goes to the fund for children with disabilities. Throughout the year, we do different things according to our needs. “
Bikers Building Bridges also worked with the Green and Yellow Group, which contributed to this year’s Trunk or Treat event, as well as other Bikers Building Bridges-Lethbridge initiatives and events.
“We also hope to move forward with them and just develop a good community of people who want to help the children in the community and who want to help with any issues that are occurring,” Plumb said. “Because if kids see good role models and good mentors, they will become good role models and good mentors and that will go a long way. “
Michael Gervais, President of the Green and Yellow Group, provided an update on Saturday’s Trunk or Treat.
“It’s a bunch of people who believe in smiles and unity, especially over the past two years,” he said. “With everything that’s going on with COVID and everyone with their own understanding of what’s going on. It is the opposite of division.
“Chris has been in the community for a while and when they launched Bikers Building Bridges they reached out. It’s all about unity and how important unity is community.
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