Members of Alpha Delta Pi sorority at the University of North Alabama will be revisiting their youth to go trick or treating on Halloween, but they won’t ask for candy.
They will be trick or treating for items on the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ wish list, which includes laundry detergent, liquid hand soap and bathroom cleaners.
The sorority will accept items through Nov. 12. They can be dropped off at the Trojan House restaurant on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals or at several places on UNA’s campus, philanthropy chairwoman Luisa Oswalt said.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is an organization that serves as a “home away from home” for families of children receiving treatment at hospitals in Birmingham.
Oswalt said when members of Alpha Delta Pi go trick or treating, they’ll be targeting neighborhoods already notified that they’re coming. Notice is given to help homeowners prepare.
“The Ronald McDonald House is a house for 41 families, and it’s a good cause because the families (of a child in the hospital) don’t necessarily have anywhere else to stay because the hospital in Birmingham might not be close to home,” Oswalt said.
Kaitlyn Patrick, a member of Alpha Delta Pi who graduated from Phil Campbell High School, said she knows several students who were taken to Birmingham hospitals after the April 27 tornadoes. She said their families benefitted from Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“It’s kind of crazy because you go and you help, and sometimes you don’t really see who it affects and you don’t know everything about their struggles,” Patrick said. “But to know and to consider everything that (these families) lost, and to know that this charity is giving them everything that they need — it’s overwhelming and humbling. I didn’t realize how much it actually helped.”
Patrick said sorority members will deliver the items Nov. 12 and also will clean the Ronald McDonald House.
“You think about normal household needs times 41,” she said. “We’ll just be there and do whatever they need us to do.”
Hannah Mask can be reached at 256-740-5728 or hannah.mask@TimesDaily.com.
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