Kids & Family

Munson Foundation Honors Daughter who Loved Halloween

Denise Munson created a foundation when her daughter Emma died in an accident at college 5 years ago. Now she's started a Halloween costume drive to provide costumes to homeless and needy children.


A North Hills salon owner celebrates every season by encouraging his patrons and other members of the public to give back to their neighbors. This fall Dan Burda of Studio RAW teamed up with the Emma Munson Foundation to collect Halloween costumes for local children whose families can't afford them.

The foundation was created by the parents of a North Allegheny High School graduate who died tragically in an accident her freshman year of college. When the drive concluded October 6, it ended with a record number of costumes collected.

A few days later the costumes were distributed to charities supported by the foundation, including HEARTH transitional housing in the North Hills, and Providence Connections family support on the Northside.

Both groups held festive costume parties, where the kids got to try on the costumes and pick out the ones they liked best. Look at that smile, Elmo!

"Another sweet day for sweet kids," wrote one supporter on the Emma Munson Foundation Facebook page . That's certainly a reason to celebrate!

Find out more about how you can support the Emma Munson Foundation at their website.

Dan and his co-workers at Studio RAW are planning a blanket drive just in time for the holidays, so start gathering up blankets to donate. Watch for more information coming soon!

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