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No-Shave November

Dharma and I dressed up as “Where’s Waldo” for the kids attending the Dose of Kindness Halloween party at the Ted Strobele Center in Monticello where 5,000 pieces of candy were handed out.
Photo by Anna Puleo

November 2, 2016

I wouldn’t call myself lazy, per se, but I’m fond of accomplishing goals while putting in as little effort as possible. After all, I’m a pretty busy guy, which doesn’t leave me a lot of free time, and as many of you know, “Idle hands are the devil’s playground.” So with Halloween behind me, I would rather not run into the devil himself anytime soon. Just before flipping another page on the calendar, the Wonder Dog and I hightailed it to Monticello, where A Dose of Kindness (like them on Facebook!) founder Carlos Torres and his crew of volunteers were planning their first Halloween Trunk or Treat party for the kids. At the last minute, the rains came, and everyone involved scrambled to move the event indoors, so as not to disappoint the hundreds who were planning to attend.

The Village of Monticello intervened, offered up the Ted Strobele Center as a venue. With very little time to reorganize, the party went on. “Thank you to all the volunteers who dropped everything to help with almost no notice,” Torres wrote online. “We had an amazing turnout, with over 1,000 guests, and passed out 5,000 pieces of candy!”

His list of folks to thank was long, and the organization’s mission statement is admirable: “If we all do one random act of kindness,” Martin Kornfeld wrote, “we just might set the world in the right direction.” The community outreach program is dedicated to “give back through acts of kindness aimed towards the underprivileged,” and to “empower our community with a sense of unity, pride and respect.”

Without investing too much effort, Dharma and I dressed up as “Where’s Waldo” (yes, the cartoon character has a sidekick dog!), which tickled the kids. I took a slew of photos you can view online at, where you can “like” our page, tag the pics and share them with your friends and family.

The “candy stations” that the crew set up were mobbed with little ones dressed up in their Halloween finery. They even had a “haunted room” to explore. I know that I claimed in last week’s column that I was “over” Halloween, but the kids tug at my heart strings, reminding me that they are, indeed, our future.