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Monday, October 29, 2018

Rescue Squad Cadets' Haunted House a (pumpkin) smashing success!

Attendees had a ghoulishly good time...

... while also enjoying Halloween treats.
(Photos courtesy Jenn Popper, TAPinto.)

Despite the cold and rainy weather, hundreds of families and teens turned out Saturday night for the Plainfield Rescue Squad's Halloween Haunted House event.

As I pointed out in my previous post (here), there were lots of other activities for adults and for kids around town, but this was the only one that offered a family fun experience.

And boy did they get a response. The lines were long and people patiently waited for up to an hour to be escorted in groups of seven or so through the various horror vignettes -- including a Zombie room -- created by the cadets.

Cadets are high school volunteers who learn the basics of the Emergency Squad's operations and so can come to a more informed decision about whether they want to train to become Certified EMTs.

The coffee can that had been designated as the receipts box (tickets were $5 each or $2 with a canned goods donation) was soon overflowing and a large bin of canned goods was collected.

In all, the young people grossed $2,500 (at $5 a pop you can do the math -- though some teens paid to go through twice).

The proceeds from the event will be used to purchase stethoscopes for the Cadets (who must pay for anything they need) and the canned goods donated will be given to the Star Fish food pantry.

Kudos to the Plainfield Rescue Squad Cadets, the Squad's adult leadership for having confidence in them, and the adult volunteers who popped popcorn (Roni Taylor) (machine courtesy of the Fire Division) and sold tickets (Jenn Popper).

AND WHILE WE'RE AT IT, A SHOUT OUT to Plainfield's very own Jo-Ann Bandomer, who responded to LiVay Sweet Shop's Stacey Welch's appeal for winter coats for Hubbard School students. Ever resourceful Jo-Ann posted the plea to her Facebook page and got enough support to buy 31 coats for $235 at My Unique on Route 22. Thank you Jo-Ann, Stacey and everyone who pitched in! #plainfieldcares

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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