Update: Thursday, October 16th
It’s OFFICIAL! The I Love Ferguson Committee has been approved by the IRS as a 501c3 not for profit.
We want to thank Mr. Lou Abousie, Congressional aid, who with Congressman Clay’s blessing fast tracked our paperwork. Our application was completed and filed by Florissant accountant, John C. Engelmeyer, pro bono. This process which normally takes up to 15 months was processed and approved in a little over 3 weeks. Simply amazing. Sometimes the Government can move quickly with a little friendly push! This 501c3 status now means we can accept donations which are fully tax deductible. We will also become a tax exempt organization which will allow more money to be given to the small mom and pop independent businesses who received damage during the recent unrest.
Gross revenue approaches $55,000 A detailed receipt and expenses record will be posted in the next couple of days.
Halloween 2014- We need your help! Sunday October 26th, 1-4pm
We don’t know how or when the recent unrest will come to an end. Our parents and residents have expressed concern about opening their doors for Halloween, as well as for our children’s safety.
What are we going to do?
I suggest that we move Ferguson’s celebration of Halloween to the daytime hours of 1-4 pm on Sunday, October 26th. Rather than the children Trick or Treating throughout the entire city, let’s return to the idea of the old “Pumpkin Walk.” The “Pumpkin Walk” was held in the Old Ferguson East Neighborhood due to its central location. A perimeter was determined and Trick or Treaters were escorted in supervised groups, leaving every few minutes. I suggest perhaps a modification. We have four churches within the boundaries of old Ferguson East. They are St. Stephens, First Presbyterian (First Presbyterian has already agreed to Participate), Immanuel Church of Christ, and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Each church could sponsor a Trunk or Treat if they wish and volunteers could safely escort groups of children throughout parts of the Old Ferguson East boundaries – Hereford to the south, Elizabeth to the west, Railroad tracks to the north, North Florissant to the east.
In the past, due the volume of children, candy was donated from Ferguson businesses and residents and given to the home owners who participated.
How can you help?
- You can donate money or a check made out to Mulligan Printing to buy 200 Festive “We’re Open for Halloween” signs. These signs will cost roughly $900 at $4 per sign plus sales tax. Volunteers will go door to door asking residents in this designated area to place a sign in their yard showing the children who is participating in this special event.
- Donate candy and/or volunteer to lead children from the participating churches. Candy, money or checks for the Halloween signs can be dropped off at the Corner Coffee House or call #314-852-4754 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to donate or volunteer.
Won’t you help? I guarantee you we feel a lot better if you do.
I would be honored to coordinate this Community Event for our Children. With the assistance of our churches and with a base of volunteers, I know we can create a SAFE AREA and a WONDERFUL Halloween experience for our kids, young and old.
*****We NOW TAKE CREDIT or DEBIT CARDS and WE CAN SHIP******
NEW from The I Love Ferguson Store:
***Just in new BLACK POLO SHIRTS white thread and red heart. $25*** two colors now.
****New LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT COLORS red and yellow. $15 for sizes up to XL and $18 for sizes up to XXXL.*** four colors now
****New HOODIE COLORS navy, blue and black. Sizes up to XL are $25 and sizes XXL and XXXL are $30 each.**** three colors now
****New SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRT COLORS yellow and red. Sizes up to XL are $10. Sizes XXL and larger are $15.*** nine colors now
Where: At the Corner Coffee House (100 N. Florissant. Across from Shop N Save) M-F from 9am-?pm, Sat. & Sun. from 9am-2pm. Call first to be safe. We are always looking for volunteers.