Soroptimists organizing fifth annual Halloween candy driveFree Access

Matt Johnson of the Gazette staff displays one of the boxes used to drop off candy for the current drive. See story for the various locations to drop off candy. Photo by NicoleW. Little

Matt Johnson of the Gazette staff displays one of the boxes used to drop off candy for the current drive. See story for the various locations to drop off candy. Photo by NicoleW. Little

As the residents of Jones and Bullion Street prepare for this year’s trick-or-treaters, Soroptimist International of Mariposa is working to help those neighborhoods weather the economic costs of the holiday.

For the fifth year, the Soroptimist Candy Drive is looking for donations to help Jones and Bullion Street residents meet the needs of the close to 1,000 children that make their way along those streets on Halloween night.

A popular destination for many in the area, Jones and Bullion Streets are seen by many parents as a safe alternative for their children, leaving the trick-or-treating responsibilities to the residents of those houses. Once children begin to fill the streets on Halloween night, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office closes off the area to vehicular traffic.

Organizers hope to gather enough candy and donations to provide five to six bags of candy to each home, offering much needed assistance and support to the street’s homeowners.

Soroptimist is asking the community to donate unopened candy bags. Even if someone doesn’t have the time to buy candy themselves, Soroptimist has set up a donation jars at the below locations, where individuals, or businesses that would like to contribute, can donate money to the cause, and then candy and treats will be purchased on their behalf.

With Halloween just around the corner, there isn’t much time left to get those donations in. Organizers would like all donations to be dropped off by Wednesday, Oct. 24, so that there is time for the candy to be delivered and distributed prior to Halloween evening festivities.

Donations of money or unopened candy bags can be dropped off at the Mariposa Gazette, Pioneer Market, Starchman & Bryant Law Offices, Happy Burger Diner, Ace Hardware, Bootjack Market, Donuts A Go- Go, Mariposa County Human Services, the Mariposa County Government Center, Steve’s Sportsman Cafe and Pizza Factory.

For more information about this event or Soroptimist International of Mariposa, contact Dianne Fritz at (209) 769-1451, visit simariposa.org or find the group on Facebook.

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