WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Dance Marathon (PUDM) will host its very first Trunk or Treat this Friday.
“We are students united by one mission – to give children the care they deserve,” according to the PUDM website. “Our school’s mission is to help children in our community. We fundraise and raise awareness at Riley Hospital for Children through the Riley Dance Marathon.”
PUDM is the largest student-run philanthropic organization at Purdue, according to a recent statement, and has raised more than $ 10 million since its founding in 2005.
Each year, money raised by the organization goes to cancer research at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment, and Child Life programs at local hospitals.
Riley Hospital is recognized as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals and is the only “comprehensive children’s research hospital in the state of Indiana,” according to its website.
Funds and awareness are also being raised through PUDM to support children and families who have been affected by childhood illnesses, the statement said.
Trunk-or-Treat via PUDM is an alternate form of trick-or-treat in which PUDM members will be in costumes and hand out candy in the trunks of their cars, which will be in “carstumes”. Setting up themed cars as temporary Halloween candy stands has become popular in Lafayette, with other organizations also taking part in the activity this year.
Trunk-or-Treat will be this Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High school parking and open to all.