BYU Students Seek Post-Halloween Donations for the Needy

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A group of seven Brigham Young University students wants to turn Halloween treats into charitable donations for needy children in Ethiopia, Nigeria and the Philippines.

"Why not turn a holiday that's traditionally all about getting . . . to one that is all about giving as well?" said Sean Murphy, a BYU senior.

The students will be walking to homes Thursday through Saturday in the River Bottoms and along Foothill Drive in Provo.

They'll be looking particularly for church clothing -- small white shirts and ties.

"We thought it'd be fun to provide nice as well as normal clothing, said senior Levi Belnap.

The project is part of an entrepreneurial business class. Murphy and his group must create $1,000 in revenue from a venture. The $1,000 doesn't have to be pocketed, or even profit.

They'll sell collected clothing that's not suitable for children or the climate to raise the money for shipping. Murphy said any leftover money will be donated to the children.

BYU senior Dede Kauvaka said she was surprised homework could be used to help people across the world.

"I think we were all really excited just to use it as an opportunity to serve," Kauvaka said.

The students are asking those who wish to donate to contact them at

Information from: The Daily Herald

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