Most kids count down the days till they go trick or treating on Halloween. However, for kids like Jared T, who have food allergies, “Halloween can be a very hard time.” Many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies.
For his Pledge 13 project, Jared wanted to do something “to help other kids with food allergies. I put together Halloween baskets for school parties. They have all kinds of treats, but nothing that a kid with allergies can’t have.”
Jared shared that “a lot of kids have their first reaction to an allergy at school. This happened to my older brother.” While non-candy is sometimes offered at class Halloween parties, “fruit just isn’t as fun to eat” says Jared.
You may wonder why the pumpkin baskets in the picture are teal, The Teal Pumpkin Project, explains, “teal is the color of food allergy awareness.” As Jared shares, “teal pumpkins tell a kid with allergies that there are treats for them that they are not allergic to.”
Yasher Koach (Way to Go), Jared!
Students participating in the Majorie and Robert Kohn Pledge 13 Program commit to giving a minimum of 13 hours of community service to JFCS organized events or through other organizations. This voluntary program is perfect for Jewish students preparing for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. For more information contact Kim Toebbe at 502-452-6341 ext. 103.
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