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When Jennifer Collins first heard that the Williston Chamber of Commerce would not sponsor the annual Trail of Treats, instead of moping she got busy.
The Walgreen’s employee approached her manager and asked what they could do to help.
In a short time, Collins appeared before the Williston City Council asking permission to use Heritage Park for an alternative event. She was told to make application and return.
She did. And last week, council unanimously approved the park’s use and waived the fee.
Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow said he would have additional officers on hand that evening and it would come at no cost to the city, since volunteers will be used.
Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6-9 p.m. parents can bring their children to the city park to experience the first Sweets N’ Treats Festival.
Area merchants, churches and individuals will be on hand at and near the pavilion to distribute assorted candies and treats to Williston’s youngsters.
Anyone who wants to hand out treats at the pavilion is encouraged to do so and if you want to help but can’t make the evening, you may choose to donate either candy or cash that will be used to purchase treats.
What makes this event novel is Collins really doesn’t have a dog in this fight.
She has no children, but has warm memories of moving to Bronson and her parents bringing her to Williston each year for the Trail of Treats.
“I have good memories of those times,” she said last week. “I just want other children to have the same kind of memories when they’re my age.”
Already several churches, businesses and banks have pledged their support and Collins is still going door-to-door soliciting assistance.
“I want to make sure we have enough treats for everyone who attends,” she said.
Volunteers are also needed to help that evening.
If you are one of those selfless people who wants to help make memories, contact Collins or Venesia at 352-528-3409. If neither is available, leave a message and one of them will return the call.