project AVA’s 5th Annual Halloween BOOtique

project AVA is proud to host our 5th annual Halloween “Bootique”!  From September 30th – October 14th, 2019 we will be collecting new and CLEAN, gently used Halloween costumes, size toddler through youth size large. Don’t let costumes from previous years collect dust! Put them to GOOD use!

We have three collection locations in Illinois: Edwardsville, Decatur, and Bloomington, along with our newest location…Alexandria, Virginia! Our goal is to reach children in these communities who might otherwise not have a costume, and make their day just as enjoyable as the rest of their peers. After we’ve collected the costumes we’ll drop them off at local schools, early childhood and parent education centers, and food pantries that we’ve identified as having a need. They will then be distributed to the children as the school or organization sees fit. This keeps the identity of the children and families private.

There are two ways to get involved!
1. You may drop off new or gently used costumes to one of the locations in your area listed below.
2. You may make a monetary donation to project AVA, we’ll purchase the costumes and distribute them accordingly. Costumes typically run anywhere from $10-$25.


Edwardsville, IL Donation Drop Off Locations:

-Afterwords Bookstore –
441 E. Vandalia Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues-Thurs: 9am-5pm, Friday: 10-7, Sat: 10am – 3pm, Sun: Closed
*If you drop your costume off at Afterwords you will receive a coupon for a FREE (used and under $5) book at the book store – compliments of our favorite bookstore!

-Happy Up Inc.
6654-A Edwardsville Crossing Dr. Edwardsville, IL 62025
Hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 7:30pm Sat: 9am – 6pm Sun: Closed

Decatur, IL Donation Drop Off Locations:

124 North Merchant Street
Decatur, IL
Hours: M-F 10am-5pm  Saturday 10am-4pm closed Sunday

-Decatur Police Department
707 W. South Side Dr.
*****Please note drop off hours*****

Front Lobby from 8am to 4pm M-F

Bloomington, IL Donation Drop Off Location:

-Heartland Electric
715 N. Morris Ave. Suite B
Tuesday-Thursday 9 am to 2pm.

Alexandria, VA Drop Off Locations:

-Franconia Governmental Center
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
Drop off in lobby: Hours: 24/7

-Starbucks: Kingstowne

5860 Kingstowne Center Suite 100
Kingstowne, VA 22315