Aggieville invaded by zombie dogs, Dorothys and ‘survivors’ for Breadbasket fundraiser

By Bryan Richardson

Sure, zombies want to eat your flesh, but some of them are still softies at heart.

Aggieville was invaded by a pack of 37 zombies and survivors — plus one zombie dog — during the third annual Zombie Walk for Hunger on Saturday.

Participants donated canned goods to the Flint Hills Breadbasket, a food pantry on Yuma Street that serves the area’s less fortunate residents.

The survivors ran ahead to warn the patrons of Kite’s Bar and Grille that the zombies were approaching.

“Save yourselves!” they yelled into the bar. “They’re coming! They’re coming!”

The local walk is the brainchild of Alfredo Carbajal. He said he saw zombie walks going on in other cities and wanted to bring something to Manhattan.

“My wife told me if you’re going to do something stupid, do it for a good cause,” Carbajal said. Carbajal said he was reminded of a time back in 2004 when he wanted to get food from the Breadbasket. “I saw a few families there that needed more help than me,” he said.

Carbajal ended up leaving without food that day but gained a desire to help. When the opportunity for a fundraiser arrived, he asked the Breadbasket if they were looking to accept donations.

“I said, ‘Of course,’ ” recalled Maribeth Kieffer, executive director of the Breadbasket. “I’m not going to say no to donations.”

Kieffer said the Breadbasket appreciates when people do fundraisers, since it doesn’t receive federal, state, county or city funding.

Despite the appreciation of the zombie walk, Kieffer said people shouldn’t expect to see her participate. “I tell them I’m too old,” she said.

Carbajal, who had been a zombie the last two years, decided to be a fresh infected survivor – as indicated by the bloody wound on his left forearm. “I’m an in-between this year,” he said. “Not much time left as a survivor.”

Among the less fortunate were the lovable crew from the Wizard of Oz.

That’s right, Dorothy (Jamie Pettus), Tin Man (Cristine Glendening), Cowardly Lion (Erica Gasswint) and Scarecrow (Kerrie Jeffries) were zombies. (The zombie dog wasn’t Toto.)

Dorothy’s face was marked up with blood, Scarecrow had a brain sticking out of his hat, the heart once desired by The Tin Man sat outside for all to see, and a bottle of liquid courage stuck inside the lion.

Glendening said it’s a fun thing to do for a good cause.  They also can’t pass up an opportunity to wear costumes.

“We all love Halloween,” Pettus said. “That helps out too.”

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