Zombies gather to help fight hunger
By APRIL GUILMET
Union Leader Correspondent | October 28. 2013 1:20AM
Leyla Dejardin, 15, of Windham, Jamie Driscoll, 15, of Windham, Kaylee Bogazzi, 18, of Salem. Erica Croteau, 18, of Windham, and Gianna Denuccio, 14, of Salem, strike their best zombie poses in preparation for the Zombie Run at Granite State Church in Salem Saturday morning. Dozens of costumed "zombies" chased 250 or so runners through an obstacle course rse as part of the event, with all participants asked to bring food items for area pantries. (April Guilmet)
Deanna O’ Dwyer, 13, of Salem got a seriously scary hairstyle as she prepared to frighten runners at the Granite State Church’s Zombie Run Saturday morning. (April Guilmet)
Sponsored by the Granite United Church, which has campuses in Salem, Londonderry, Lawrence, Mass., and Haverhill, Mass., the event benefitted food pantries in each of the church's respective communities.
Many of the runners weren't affiliated with the local mega-church, which was just fine with Gregg DiCecca, one of the church's several pastors.
"It's been all kinds of crazy," said Youth Pastor Tom King, the event's main organizer. "Obviously our biggest mission is to help keep the local food banks full … and have some good old family fun while we're at it."
"It's nice to be able to show them that church can be fun," King said. "Events like this have a way of bringing all of us together, and at the end of the day that's what it's all about."firstname.lastname@example.org