Malls Help Out Post-Sandy

It’s only been a few days since Hurricane Sandy hit, and shopping centers up and down the eastern United States are still reeling. Many are still closed, either damaged or without power, and it’s expected to take some time for business to get back to normal in storm-ravaged cities.

At the same time, with shopping centers so often serving as the hearts of their communities, those that can are stepping up to do what they can. For some, that is simply a matter of offering well-wishes and emotional support to other community members who are suffering. Others pass the proverbial hat for Red Cross, on their websites, social networks and in center.

With the hurricane arriving so near to when trick-or-treating should have happened, most communities that were hit have requested that families stay in and skip the door-to-door. The streets are still too dangerous, and curfews are in place to keep people safe.

According to the New City Patch, one center did what it could to help alleviate the disappointment local kids must have felt at being told they couldn’t trick-or-treat. Ten retailers at the Town Plaza shopping center handed out candy to youngsters, and the center also held games for kids.

While this may have been in the cards even before Sandy, there is one definite difference: the center invited locals to bring their cars and their candy down to the center to hold a Trunk-or-Treat. For folks who were down at the thought that they wouldn’t see darling little trick-or-treaters at their doors, this was surely a good cheer in a time when one was badly needed.

Are you planning any post-Sandy fundraisers or events at your center? Let us know in the comments.

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