Haunted houses help keep kids off the streets

NLRPD's haunted house benefits the NLR Police Athletic League. Kids can play sports through the organization.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — Haunted houses everywhere are filling up with people ready to get spooked, but a few of them are doing much more than just providing a good time.

Director of operations of the North Little Rock Police Athletic League, Matt Grace, said it's a fundraiser that goes towards the league.

“All the money raised goes directly to the program,” he said.

“We're a non-profit organization, our goal is to keep kids off the streets and in sports, mentor programs and beauty pageants,” he said.

According to Grace, the league has 300 kids that play tackle football.

“They pay nothing to play and we and that same amount in baseball. We're the only PAL in Arkansas that all these kids play for free,” he said.

“I've been in it since 2004. I've been in beauty pageants and softball,” PAL member, Matti Grace said.

“I've been in it since as long as I can remember,” according to pal member, Jordan Mcguire. “I got to play sports for PALs and teach others that they can be better instead of being out in the streets,” he said.

“It inspires everyone that volunteers and gains the relationships between kids in the community and the officers,” another PAL member said.

“It's good to know this money is going to a good cause. How scary is it? Yeah, it's the best one I've been to all year,” a customer said.

The haunted house will be open one more day, doors open at 7, and it's ten dollars to get in.

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