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Students trick-or-treat for charity

Roanoke College students raise money for local sick children.

October 29, 2010|Elizabeth Harrington | Reporter

SALEM, Va — Roanoke College students went trick-or-treating Friday evening but not for candy. Instead they went door-to-door in Salem raising money for the Children's Miracle Network.

The donations will help families who have sick children pay medical bills.  It will also be used to purchase equipment for the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital in Roanoke. 

"Every little bit truly does make a difference because we're buying pieces of equipment that costs upwards of $40,000 and $50,000," says Executive Director Erin Hildreth.

This is the sixth year for the campaign. The Sigma Chi fraternity and the Phi Mu sorority trick-or-treat for the fundraiser.

"We always get a great response," says Jillian Fiumara, President of Phi Mu, "I think last year we raised about $900 and we hope to do a little more this year."

"It's a great cause," says Alex Madsen, President of Sigma Chi, "We always raise a lot of money for them and I think the kids really benefit from it."

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Neighbors say they were glad to see the students helping out.

"I really do appreciate it because we sometimes have the kids get a little rowdy and it's nice when they do something nice for the community and keep it local," says Barbara Garden.

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