News | Nov. 26, 2018

Associate provides treats over tricks volunteering on Halloween

By Dawn Sutton DLA Land and Maritime People and Culture Directorate

Trick or treat took a new meaning for Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime associate Andrew Todd and his family as they gave back to their Baltimore, Ohio, community.

Instead of going out and collecting candy on Halloween, the family dressed up and treated the community to candy and a dry place to rest at the Victoria Opera House during festivities.

Volunteering at the trick-or-treat event holds a special place in the Todd family Andrew explains.

“One of our favorite events in Baltimore is trick or treat,” Andrew said. “The sense of community is evident with homemade costumes, family themed groups where everyone is dressed up and the handshakes of long friendships as our ghouls and goblins tour the village. This was what drew us to move to Baltimore.”

Andrew and his wife dressed as chickens and their daughter, Abby, was a farmer. This was an easy decision for them as they raise a flock of chickens at their home in Baltimore, Ohio. The trio welcomed trick-or-treaters with a smile, information on the historic building and bags of popcorn.

“I first became aware of the Victoria Opera House’s history and renovation during a historical awareness event three and a half years ago,” Andrew said. “The building has had multiple uses and occupants. Our involvement started two years ago when the Victoria Players Children’s Theater was founded. With my daughter in most of the shows and helping backstage for others we spend time preparing sets and costumes.”

The Todd family efforts brightened a wet, rainy night for local residents. It’s volunteering like this that help make our surrounding community a better place to live and promotes resiliency which makes Land and Maritime a great place to work!