If you go out trick-or-treating this year, you might notice an odd addition to standard Halloween decorations - teal pumpkins. The Teal Pumpkin Project was created to help make Halloween safer for children with food allergies.
The Food Allergy Research and Education organization is working to get more and more communities on board with the project. With milk, nuts, eggs, soy, and wheat being such common allergies amongst children, it can be difficult, for a lot of kids, to make it through the holiday safely. One solution for these children is to hand out non-food items.
The effort encourages people to place a teal pumpkin outside their door if they will be handing out non-food items like crayons, stickers, or toys.
Veronica LaFemina, spokeswoman of the Food Allergy Research and Education organization stated, “The Teal Pumpkin Project is an easy way to make a big impact in your community. Food allergies can be life-threatening, and they affect 1 in 13 children in the United States. We are thrilled to see so many people embracing the Teal Pumpkin Project as a way to ensure kids with food allergies can enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience just like their friends.”
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