'WEEN DREAM is an all-volunteer, locally-based, national nonprofit that gives costumes to kids, or 'WEENSTERS, from all over America who are faced with unique challenges, including those with special needs, physical or mental disabilities, homelessness, living in poverty/foster care, and kids who have experienced a recent trauma/natural disaster. Halloween is not just about trick-or-treating and candy. It's about being a kid as a kid should be - full of imagination, possibility, and big dreams.

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Category: Youth Development
Parish: Jefferson
Founded in 2013, 'WEEN DREAM has costumed over 5,000 children in need across America, with the majority of costumes staying in the New Orleans and SELA areas.

'WEEN DREAM accepts donations year-round and applications for free Halloween costumes from families in need across America starting in late July/early August. Through used and new costume donations and the Pumpkin Patch, the organization provides costumes to as many applicants as possible each Halloween, including individual children, families, and groups or schools. All children submit his/her requests for characters and 'WEEN DREAM matches these requests to the best of its ability.

Examples of children "in need" - or our 'WEENSTERS - include those living in poverty, children with serious medical conditions, special needs, mental and/or physical disabilities, and children who have recently experienced a traumatic event (such as a natural disaster). Most applicants are first matched with costumes from the donated inventory. However, some children need a new costume for medical reasons. Those kids, along with those for whom there is no appropriate donated costume match, are placed in the Pumpkin Patch - both online and at LA Whole Foods Market locations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.