the event raised $2,900 for the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties – equaling roughly 8,700 meals for the organization that alleviates hunger though child nutrition programs, a mobile pantry, a senior food program, and nutrition education.
Empty Bowls is named for the situation faced by local families struggling to put food on the table. Each year the event is open to the public, and features beautiful original artwork in the form of colorful bowls created by RFH ceramics students. Just ten dollars purchased one of the ceramic bowls, as well as soup, bread, and dessert.
They say that a person’s choice of Halloween costume reflects a lot about who they are on the inside — but while Abby Shaw doesn’t appear at first glance to be sporting an angel’s wings or a superhero’s cape, the 13 year old Rumson resident has figuratively suited up each of the past five Halloween seasons, on a do-good mission of her own devising.
Since the fall of 2011, during her days as a fourth grader at Forrestdale School, Abby has operated her own charitable enterprise, through which she collects donated Halloween costumes and distributes them to area kids in need.
Five years on, Abby’s Costumes for Kids Collection may not rank among the world’s most internationally recognizable nonprofit entities — but the smiles that have resulted from one kid’s hard work and positive energy have cured many cases of the trick-or-treat blues, and shown how a deceptively simple idea can capture a community’s imagination.