Saturday, September 16, 2006

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Last year in a September weekend, we noticed kids in costumes going from house to house trick or treating. I thought few neighbors decided to have early Halloween for fun. Later I came know that a 5 year old kid in our neighborhood was losing his battle to leukemia. Knowing he might not survive to Halloween, they decided to bring Halloween to him and invited few neighbors along. The kid had great time going from one house to the next collecting candy. Few weeks later he died.
A year later the parents contacted everybody including me to have a bigger early Halloween for the whole neighborhood and for all the kids to enjoy in memory of their son. They used this occasion for fund raising for charities helping families and kids dealing with cancer. The evening rose over $3,000. The event was featured on channel 13 local news http://www.aksuperstation.com/news/local/3894817.html
It is this spirit what makes this country great, turning something very tragic and sad into something productive and useful. The family sent thank you emails to the all neighbors and already thinking about ways to increase the activity to raise more money for charity and ways to involve local businesses in donations.

5 Comments:

At 5:59 AM, Blogger Abu Sinan said...

Wow. Maskeen. It is stories like this that help us still have faith in humanity.

Thank you

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger nbills said...

Hi Haitham - not sure if you are the right Dr. Salman or not. I believe we may have worked at St. John in Detroit many years ago - I was a nurse in Peds/PICU back then.
Nicole
nbills@msn.com

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger Haitham Salman said...

Nicole,
It is me
It is a small world after all.
are u still at st.Johns?
It is a nice hospital and I had great 3 yrs over there..

 
At 1:06 AM, Blogger tooners said...

i always loved trick or treating as a child. a friend of mine, here in bahrain, said that kids do it, but i've never been one to see it. i guess in some of the neighborhoods they do it. i miss this about the States.

 
At 10:44 PM, Blogger Haitham Salman said...

Tooners,
Definitly kids do it in Bahrain
it is under different Name and of different origin.
Actually it will take place in less than 2 wks from now.. Exactly mid Ramadan. Kids will dress nice, but no costumes, and will go to all the houses in the neighborhood. Traditionally it was peanuts but now almost everybody switched to candy.
You should see it this year and write something about it.

 

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