December 17, 2017

Teen Starts “Halloween Helpers” for Less Fortunate Kids

Back in 2008, then 11-year-old Emma Rose Shapiro conceived The Halloween Helpers while sorting through costumes from years past.  The young altruist realized that many children are fortunate enough to get a new costume every year, yet many do not even get one in their brief childhood. Since the program’s inception, more than 3,000 costumes have been collected and distributed to children throughout the Philadelphia area. Now, in 2012, Emma would like to turn her simple program into a full-fledged, year-round charitable program.  However, in order to do so, she needs to raise $1,700.00 for costly government application fees.  She has turned to Indiegogo (, an online crowd-sourcing fundraising tool, for help.


“Emma Rose now feels that her idealistic program needs to become a full-fledged 501c3 to receive wide-spread acceptance and legitimacy, and to perpetuate her long-term vision.  Her goal was not just to collect and distribute costumes for a few hours of enjoyment.  Rather, her original intention was, and still is, to distribute the costumes and hold costume parades/parties in local community centers.  This will ensure that children have a safe place to show off their costumes and trick-or-treat in a positive, secure environment,” says Emma’s mom, Ilyse Shapiro.


Through The Halloween Helpers, Emma enlists the help of children who outgrow or become disinterested in previous years’ costumes and shares them with kids who would not typically receive them. In essence, she raises awareness among her peers that there are children who cannot afford to participate in Halloween.  This one simple effort provides life-long memories, develops self-worth, and builds stronger communities.


The $1,700.00 Emma Rose hopes to raise through her on-line fundraising campaign ( will help pay for all of the government application and attorney fees related to this effort. These include (but are not limited to): a state and national name search; filing PA Department of State incorporation papers; obtaining a 501c3 status from the IRS; and placing legally required advertisements about the incorporation of The Halloween Helpers in legal journals and general circulation newspapers.


“In the long-run, I’d love The Halloween Helpers to go beyond Halloween day.  I would like to develop programs and services on a year-round basis that perpetuate the positive feelings and strong sense of community that Halloween provides kids,” adds Emma.


For more information or to make a contribution in any amount, please visit Emma’s fundraising page at


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