Because every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating, Northwest EMS is partnering with FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to bring allergy-free trick-or-treat to our community and to raise awareness of FARE as a resource to families suffering with food allergies.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a world-wide initiative of FARE to give children with food allergies the opportunity to trick-or-treat in locations that promise to be allergy-free. On October 31, between 6 and 8 PM, parents can bring their trick-or-treaters to either our Elizabethtown Station, or our Manheim Station, where they will receive a toy, rather than candy and to meet our EMTs and Paramedics.
We will still continue the tradition of our EMS crews will going out into residential communities and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, but we wanted to offer those suffering from food allergies a alternative, so we are opening two of our EMS stations and encouraging families with food allergies, or those who just want to control the amount of candy their children bring home, to stop by our stations where we will give non-candy treats away.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is just one of many outreach initiatives that we do in the community. Partnering with FARE was an easy decision for us as we see many people suffering from allergies and sensitivities to nuts, gluten, soy, wheat and other food products. It’s a very simple act to show our community that we care.
Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries participated and we are excited to be a part of creating a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters.
For more information on FARE, the Teal Pumpkin Project, or for food allergy information, visit FARE’s website at www.foodallergy.org and make their website your go-to resource for food allergy education. And be sure to stop at our Elizabethtown or our Manheim Station when trick-or-treating!