Spreading The Spirit Of Halloween

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victor Valley) The pumpkins, the costumes, the face paint and all the fun that comes with Halloween is almost here. Yet, for some, the fun of Halloween may not visit their family due to various circumstances in their life. Spirit Halloween is doing their part in spreading the fun right here in the Victor Valley.

Jessica Trujillo and Trudy Bickhart, the respective owners of the two Victorville Spirit Halloween stores, visited the High Desert Homeless Services shelter this past Sunday, with volunteers, costumes, face paint, food and fun. This isn’t the first time the two stores have come together to throw a party at the shelter.

“This is our second annual homeless shelter Halloween party here at the Victorville shelter on Amargosa Road. The shelter currently has 10 children staying here, “ stated Trujillo, who was also all decked out in costume for this joyous event. The number of Spirit Halloween volunteers for this event has grown since last year. “We have more people volunteering this year: friends, family, employees. We even have a professional clown, Cotton Candy the Clown, who is doing face painting and balloon animals.”

Everyone in attendance had a smile on their face, as costumes were given to children, pizzas were brought in to feed the whole shelter, and piñatas were strung from a tree, just waiting to be knocked open. Shelter Supervisor Jimmy Waldron was extremely happy with the party, and gave High Desert Daily some information on what High Desert Homeless Services does, and why donations are so important.

“We provide services for families that have found themselves temporarily homeless, we give them a roof over their heads while they get back on track. It’s a 90 day program where they help them with job searches and we motivate them to look for work,” said Waldron on the program. He explained how vital donations are: from cash donations, to food and clothing, the shelter operates off the donations they receive, and with the holidays coming, the more donations, the better. At any given time, the shelter is serving at least 50 individuals.

Spirit’s Jessica Trujillo has a message she would like to spread to the entire High Desert in regards to this time of the year, and helping those in need:

“The rest of the holidays are coming up, you have Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. We’re all very busy people, and after today we will have spent over 7 hours our time. Even though we’re busy, it’s just 7 hours, and its brightened the day of the kids, its brightened the day of the adults. I would like to challenge the rest of the High Desert community, especially those who are fortunate enough to have a roof over their heads, to have a car to drive, shoes on their feet, to dedicate just a few hours out of their time to come out to the shelter as well: throw a party for the kids, come out and decorate for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It really makes you feel good, it has been a life changing experience for us.”

The Spirit Halloween stores in Victorville are located in the Mall of Victor Valley and in the Food 4 Less shopping center on Bear Valley Road. For more information on High Desert Homeless Services, including how to help, feel free to call them at (760) 245-5991 or visit their website at http://www.highdeserthomelessservices.com/.

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