By Ed Harris
A local woman is collecting candy for St. Jude’s Hospital.
Allyson Genovese began the St. Jude’s Candy Drive several years ago after learning that her stepdaughter’s mother, who works at St. Jude, would bring in Halloween candy for the kids at the hospital. The first year Genovese was able to collect 70 bags of candy and offered it to the hospital.
“I was told that I was the answer to their prayers and they held a Halloween party for the children,” Genovese said.
Last year Genovese was able to collect 400 bags of candy, which made shipping an issue. Genovese said the cost of shipping the candy was quoted at $500. For a bit she had partnered with a local company that covered half the costs, but the business has since closed.
Now Genovese, a WBFF pro, is hosting a charity fitness class on Saturday, Oct. 12, at a place to be determined. The cost for the class is $20 and the money raised will be used for shipping purposes. Any money raised beyond the shipping costs will also be donated to St. Judes.
Those interested in donating can drop off the candy at several area businesses. These include, Villari’s Martial Arts Center, 405 Queen St., Just Results Weight Loss Center, 123 Whiting St., Plainville, Lavender Fields Day Spa, 175 New Britain Ave., Plainivlle, Professional Financial Group, 51 North Main Street, Suite 2A, Yankee Harley Davidson, 488 Farmington Ave., Bristol, Hot Tans, 855 Queen St., Studio 7 Styling Salon, 360 North Main St., suite 11, Praline’s Café, 50 Center Street, American Gymanstics, 1280 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and Catalyst Health & Fitness, 100 Main St., North Southbury.
The only guidelines for the candy are no peanut candy and no loose candy, such as candy corn. The donation deadline is Friday, Oct. 18.