In a year like no other, the Rotaract Club of North Bay – Nipissing was able to spread the Halloween spirit in a COVID-19-friendly way.
“Quarantrick or Treat” was a fundraiser the Club adopted from its group in Peterborough, which took in orders for treat bags that were handed out on Halloween.
Valerie Edmunds, the Membership Coordinator for the North Bay – Nipissing branch, says that the event was more successful than she anticipated.
“It definitely blew up bigger than we thought,” she said. “It was probably one of the most engagements we’ve ever seen on our social media.”
In total, the Rotaract Club gave out 185 goodie bags to 76 different households in North Bay, Corbeil, Powassan, Bonfield and Callander.
The Rotaract Club originally posted information for the event on October 19, planning to take orders until October 29. The club sold out their capacity of bags before the deadline.
Edmunds and a handful of other drivers spent the majority of Saturday navigating the area to give out the goodie bags, which turned out to be a hit.
“I remember walking away from one house and I hear the parents say ‘here’s a Halloween surprise,’” Edmunds recalled. “It just helps us realize that what we’re doing in our community has an impact.”
The club raised over $500 through the event, with the group already repurposing some of the money, donating 404 rolls of toilet paper to TP North Bay.
The Rotaract Club of Nipissing is a non-profit organization with members between the age of 18 and 40 who run fundraising events for other local causes.