Love, Amundson Take Hope Kids Trick or Treating
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Wolves forwards Kevin Love and Lou Amundson spent Halloween at the Mall of America leading the world’s largest indoor trick or treat event.
Love and Amundson spent an hour at the mall with members of Hope Kids, an organization which looks to restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, their families and their communities. About 20 kids who are directly affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and their families participated in the event.
“It really means a lot,” Love said. “It’s a good way for Lou and myself and the Timberwolves to give back, and the kids were awesome.”
Love and Amundson led the trick or treating charge, as the kids dressed up in outfits ranging from superheroes to movie characters to more ghoulish attire. The group patrolled the Mall of America concourse, dipped down to the first level near Nickelodeon Universe and stopped for frozen yogurt before calling it an evening.
Hope Kids program manager Michelle Cassens said for the kids, an event like this is a memory that will last a lifetime.
“Not only do they get to do something normal like celebrate Halloween but also do it with someone they see on TV and get to cheer for all the time,” Cassens said. “That means everything.”
It meant a lot to Love and Amundson, too, who visibly were enjoying their time hanging out with their fans at the mall. They had fun interacting with the group and even gave advice on which frozen yogurt flavors to try.
For them, it’s another way to give back to a community that continues to embrace them as individuals as well as the Timberwolves’ organization.
“When we were young, when we were their age we were very much like them,” Love said. “We’ll continue to give back in positive ways, and the kids were great.”
Hope Kids is an organization stationed in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Dallas-Fort Worth. The organization provides ongoing activities, events and a support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life-threatening condition. The group is open to all children with life-threatening medical conditions and welcomes supporters who volunteers and supporters.
Cassens said she’s thankful for the Wolves’ organization partnering with Hope Kids to make the Mall of America outing possible.
“They’ve been amazing partners,” she said. “We are some of their biggest fans.”
Love said the outing was not only a good cause, but it also was a way to be part of an annual event like Halloween that is a big deal for every child growing up.
“With every kid, it’s their chance to get crazy and dress up, go out for candy, trick or treat,” Love said. “Not only with Halloween but 365 days a year they should just be themselves and have fun with it.”