Updated: Oct 27
My name is Melissa Siomos. I have been a member of the Grace community my entire life. Growing up watching my family serve God and our church has given me the foundation for building a life of faith and community support. In the summer of 2020, after watching families in my community struggle with all the stresses the Covid shut down brought on, I wanted to do something to spread joy but also help families in need. I began collecting Halloween costumes to be regifted to families in need.
In 2020, I collected over 100 costumes and gifted almost as many. In 2021, I collected even more costumes and gifted just over 100 costumes. That momentum continued in 2022. This year, I collected HUNDREDS of costumes and after partnering with the church for a space to hold the Costume Closet, I estimated I was able to gift close to 200 costumes (and I’m still gifting costumes out of my garage on an appointment only basis).
I would love to spread the word about this opportunity to my church family. Whether you could benefit from a free costume, have a costume to give, or know someone who could benefit from giving or receiving costumes, I would love to hear from you!
I was blessed to be able to participate as a trunk in the Trunk or Treat event on October 18, and I was truly touched by seeing how many costumes we had gifted to the children participating. It warmed my heart and showed me that every little effort makes a difference. I left the Trunk or Treat event with an overflowing cup and a renewed confidence the Costume Drive and Costume Closet giveaway must continue. I am grateful for my church family that has taught me to “meet others where they are” and give gracefully and without expectation. To accomplish this goal, I could use your help and I would greatly appreciate any costume donations you may no longer have a need for. If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or Pastor Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.