Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospitals Hold 2nd Annual “Trunk or Treat” Community Event

Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals of Troy will host the 2nd Annual “Trunk or Treat” event offering children a safe place to trick or treat in advance of Halloween activities, Friday, Oct. 28, 4 – 7 p.m., Samaritan Hospital Parking Garage, ground floor, 2215 Burdett Ave. (entrance on Eagle St. between Burdett Ave. & 17 St.), Troy.

Back by popular demand, this family-friendly event is sponsored by staff from Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals. Staff and departments will be offering candy and treats out of their decorated vehicles and trunks in Samaritan’s parking garage. Local community agencies – including fire, police and Army services personnel – are also expected to be on hand offering treats from their emergency vehicles and an Army tank.

“We launched this event last year after we opened our new $10 million parking garage on the Samaritan Hospital campus, and it was the perfect venue to open up to our neighbors and the community,” said Norman E. Dascher, chief executive officer of Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals, and vice president of Acute Care Troy, SPHP.

“We truly care about the people and families we serve so we wanted to provide a convenient location where parents can take their children safely, and the kids can go from car to car to collect candy and treats,” said Dascher. “And Trunk or Treat turned out to be such a big hit that thousands of our neighbors, near and far, came out with their children. A great time was had by all, and our hospitals and staff couldn’t be happier to be able to provide that experience to the community and create what we hope will be a new annual tradition for families.”

The event is free of charge and open to children 13 years of age and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

The event is part of Samaritan and St. Mary’s Healthy Future, Healthy Troy campaign and Troy Master Facilities Plan to transform the future of health care in Troy, Rensselaer County, and the surrounding communities.

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