Little bit of back-story: I am a member of a Christian sorority and each semester we participate in 2-3 service projects. This particular question focuses on the planning for our Halloween service project.
The plan for our Halloween service project was to get together and to make bags of candy to hand out at one of the local hospitals. However, as soon as the sorority’s secretary* announced this my alarm bells went off. My alarm bells got worse when the secretary said that all of the members should bring a single bag of candy. This concerned me for two reasons; primarily because of the marked up price of candy around Halloween and because I know most girls will go for the large bags of mixed candy. This would create little options for patients with restricted diets, and I would hate for them to not receive bags of candy. My uncle and future father-in-law are both diabetic and I know all too well what can happen if someone’s blood sugar gets too high or too low and how important it is for patients on restricted diets to follow their diets. However, because of my uncle and FFIL, I also know where to get sugar-free candy relatively cheaply, but the bags of sugar-free candy tend to be very small compared to the bags of regular candy. So my question is, would it be breaking etiquette if I brought more than one bag of sugar-free candy to the service project and suggested to the secretary and officers that we should probably make bags of candy for patients on restricted diets?
*The secretary is in charge of planning all service projects 1028-12
I honestly do not see what could possibly be offensive about bringing two small bags of candy which equals the size of one regular sized bag. But I would alert the secretary and officers before the meeting that you would be delighted to bring a sugar-free alternative for those with restricted diets. Only the truly heartless would view that as inappropriate.