Haunting for a good cause

Crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley display food that was collected during a Halloween event, Nov. 4, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska. The members hosted the first ever Haunted Haley aboard the cutter that resulted in more than 500 cans and boxes of food that will be distributed to Brother Francis Shelter and Kodiak Food Bank. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley display food that was collected during a Halloween event, Nov. 4, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska. The members hosted the first ever Haunted Haley aboard the cutter that resulted in more than 500 cans and boxes of food that will be distributed to Brother Francis Shelter and Kodiak Food Bank. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

In the U.S., Halloween is a time for dressing up, collecting candy and haunting – so who would have thought it would also be a time of giving?

Twenty-three crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, hosted the first ever “Haunted Haley” event, Thursday, where they collected donations of over 500 canned and boxed goods that were distributed throughout Kodiak.

“It was a great event,” said Cmdr. Stephen White, the Alex Haley’s commanding officer. “I want to thank everybody who came out and donated for the cause.”

Along with the crew of Alex Haley, the Coast Guard Base Kodiak police department worked to clear access points for nearly 540 visitors through the base.

The donations were divided and distributed Monday to the Kodiak Food Bank and the Brother Francis Shelter.

Crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley host the first ever Haunted Haley aboard the cutter in Kodiak, Alaska, Oct. 31, 2013. The crewmembers accepted donations of over 500 boxed and canned goods that were distributed to Brother Francis Shelter and Kodiak Food Bank. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley host the first ever Haunted Haley aboard the cutter in Kodiak, Alaska, Oct. 31, 2013. The crewmembers accepted donations of over 500 boxed and canned goods that were distributed to Brother Francis Shelter and Kodiak Food Bank. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

“We’re really thankful that once again, the Coast Guard has been very generous to the shelter,” said Monte Hawver, executive director of Brother Francis Shelter. 

The haunted ship sported spider webs, caution tape, creepy music, costumed crewmembers and a glow-in-the-dark dinner set-up in the galley – definitely a departure from the norm.

“I’m really proud of the Alex Haley crew,” said White. “We really enjoy living in Kodiak. This was a great way for us to give back to the town of Kodiak, especially considering how much support they provide the Coast Guard.”

The Alex Haley is a 282-foot medium endurance cutter whose primary missions include: homeland security, search and rescue, and domestic fisheries enforcement.

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