SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)— If you have old Halloween costumes laying around, you may want think about making a trip to Betts Branch Public Library in Onondaga County. The library is accepting new or gently used but clean costumes, which will be donated to children and families when Halloween 2020 arrives. Librarian Jessie Moore discussed why she decided to open this donation box, explaining that she knows many library patrons and children in the area that rely on these costume donations in order to dress up for Halloween.
Moore started out by posting on her personal Facebook page last year, asking her friends if they would be willing to help her start the donation drive. In her surprise, she received numerous responses, especially from parents, who told her they had years worths of costumes that their children had outgrown. The drive was such a success, that Moore decided to do it again this year.
The drive will be open throughout the entire month of November. When it is time to give out the costumes, a costume closet try-on event is held, open to the public, where kids can come in, try on costumes, and take whichever one they love. According to Moore, the kids’ reactions are priceless and the smiles are contagious. “It’s really rewarding to be able to do something like this,” Moore explained.
As long as she continues to receive donations, Moore would like to make the donation box a tradition every year, but she needs your help. If you have any costumes that you or your child do not use, consider donating it to someone who could really use it.