A small neighborhood haunted house scared hundreds on Halloween. Now, it's feeding more than 300 students this holiday season.
Captain Scott Flitcraft with the Panama City Fire Department presented Oakland Terrace Elementary School with a thousand dollar check for its Backpack Program.
School leaders will use the money to send backpacks, stuffed with food and goodies, home with about 370 children during their holiday break.
Panama City and Panama City Beach Firefighters raised the money with a haunted house in the Candlewick Acres neighborhood this past Halloween.
"The kids are near and dear to our hearts right here in our community so the Panama City Beach firefighters and the Panama City firefighters have tried to support our schools and get involved in the community a little bit more," said Captain Flitcraft.
"With their generosity, we are able to provide Christmas food and Spring Break food to go home with all of our kids for the whole week, and then that way we know when our teachers leave here for Christmas break, they can rest assure that their kids will have food over the week," said Denise Moss, a Title I Resource Teacher who helped start the BackPack Program.
More than 800 people visited the haunted house this year. Captain Flitcraft said this was the seventh haunted house for charity.
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