SAGAMIHARA, Japan - Soldiers and family members with 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade came together to create a Halloween trunk-or-treat experience for members of the local U.S. and Japanese community, Oct. 30.
More than 30 cars with decorated trunks and Pacific Guardian volunteers handing out treats welcomed costumed families at Sagami General Depot to deepen ties with neighbors. Some volunteers handed out more than just candy.
"I gave away the stuffed animals I had to the children of the Chushin Children's Home because I've volunteered there before for an English-language proficiency program and recognized many of them," said Pvt. Wilfredo Estremera, human resources specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 38th ADA Bde. "It brought joy to see the smiles on their faces and know that they will take good care of the toys and appreciate them."
The arts and crafts tables also provided the opportunity for both American and Japanese children to interact despite a language barrier.
"My child is having an amazing time creating Halloween projects," said Hiroko Noguchi, parent of a Hoshigaoka Elementary School fourth-grade student and member of the local community. "The trunk-or-treat event is very inviting. My favorite trunk was the rainbow trunk because of the edible bubbles."
Coincidentally, the afar-mentioned trunk depiction of "Candy Land" by Maj. Sirena Sias, signal officer, 38th ADA Bde., was a favorite amongst many as her work received recognition as "Best Trunk" by Capt. Frederick Sherman, commander, HHB, 38th ADA Bde. during the event's closing ceremony. He acknowledged all the hard work contributed by volunteers and highlighted the importance of the community event.
"For the time stationed here, this is our home," said Sherman. "We care deeply about being part of the community and are grateful for the hospitality and friendship of the Japanese people. We hope to continue extending the same in return."