News Release

Published on Friday, November 03, 2006

Rather than trick-or-treating for the typical spoils, college student Anna VanLoon and two of her classmates went door-to-door on Halloween night collecting donations for The Salvation Army Food Pantry.

VanLoon, the vice president of service for Western Technical College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, organized the event to help supplement an ice cream sundae fundraiser held that same day on Western’s La Crosse campus.

The students called on homes in the La Crosse area, handing out orange flyers that explained their mission, dubbed “Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat.”

Between the campus fundraiser and the trick-or-treat donations, the Phi Theta Kappa students collected more than 300 non-perishable food items and over $50.

“These donations come to us at a great time of need,” said Wendy Franke, Development Director at The Salvation Army of La Crosse. “During this time of year we typically are in short supply of donated items for the food pantry as we wait for the Rotary Lights donations that we will start receiving the day after Thanksgiving.” The Salvation Army Food Pantry serves about 1,600 individuals a month.

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of the Two-year College. Their mission is to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming. For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, visit

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