If Michael Stauffer rings your doorbell Friday night while trick-or-treating, it’s not a trick the high school senior is playing nor does he want a treat, at least not for himself.


If Michael Stauffer rings your doorbell Friday night while trick-or-treating, it’s not a trick the high school senior is playing nor does he want a treat, at least not for himself.

“We’re going to collect cans of food for the Salvation Army,” Stauffer said Monday. “Of course, a little candy for us is good too.”

Stauffer, president of the Newton High School drama club and member of the football team, will be just one of many NHS students out looking for canned goods Friday, part of the annual “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat” effort.

Each will be identified with an orange button as the Drama Club, Student Council and Tri-M Club organized the canned food drive for the Salvation Army pantry.

The pantry put out a cry for help last week as the shelves are getting bare.

“Hopefully, it will get filled up again,” Stauffer said. “Last year, we got 16,000 pounds of food.”

The Salvation Army food pantry has been helping, on average, about 200 families a month.

The high school has been running a competition during seminar classes this week to get a jump start on the Halloween food collection. The seminar class that donates the most food this week will win an ice cream cake.

In addition, Thursday’s orchestra concert will serve as a time for donations. Concertgoers can bring canned goods for admission. Chisholm Middle School also is in on the act, collecting canned goods, as well.

Friday night will be more than just trick-or-treating for participants, Stauffer said. The organizing clubs will have costume contests and other activities, as well.

“Anyone can come and do this, not only club members,” Stauffer said. “This is always a fun thing to do.”