Amidst the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to our friends and families across the New York and New Jersey areas, we at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center wanted to spread some Halloween love to our young Crown Heights trick-or-treaters. We had two ‘pop up’ community candy tablings sponsored by S.O.S and YO S.O.S. 

The outreach workers, youth organizers, and mediation center staff hit the streets with candy, facepaint, and S.O.S. material to talk to people about gun violence. We were able to give out over 200 bags of candy and SOS “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up” palm cards to children and their guardians. It was a much needed event in the wake of the hurricane.

We understand the importance of humility in sharing our smiles from yesterday’s Halloween community tabling, as well as the equal importance of bringing good news amid all of the tragedy the Sandy brought and left.

We hope everyone in our community and those surrounding us can stay safe and find ways to smile as we work towards stability in the days ahead.