By Nick Kuzma Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)- Some people like Christmas, others prefer Thanksgiving. Jessie Moore likes Halloween.
Moore is the Teen Services Librarian Assistant at the Frederick W. Betts Branch of the Onondaga County Public Library.
She loved Halloween as a kid and said it was one of her favorite days growing up.
Unfortunately, many Syracuse children and their families cannot afford to buy Halloween costumes and have the same experiences that Moore did as a child.
In seeing this, the librarian decided that she wanted to make a difference. She started a Halloween costume drive at Betts Branch so that more kids will get the chance to wear a cool costume on October 31.
“I think that it’s part of my job as a librarian,” Moore said, “to make sure that I am sort of tapped in to what’s happening in the community. And also to make sure that we are providing the best we can at the library as sort of a community resource.”
Moore, ironically, started working at the Betts Branch last Halloween and has used her job to make a positive change in the community she grew up in.
“This is the only place that has ever really felt like home to me,” said Moore. “So I feel deeply connected to this community and especially to helping people in it.”
Betts Branch has received few donations so far and is accepting clean gently used costumes via mail and walk-in delivery.
The drive continues until October 20.