PARKLAND, FL- Neighbors from Watercrest are teaming up to give back this Halloween. A number of women from the local neighborhood of Parkland have identified an opportunity to help locally this fall season.
Stacy Troy and Stacie Weisbrot were keeping an eye out for ways to be helpful in the community after school began in August.
"Stacie and I were looking for a holiday in between the beginning of school and Christmas where we could help people by bringing a smile to their face," said Troy. "Our friend suggested Boo Bags, and we loved the idea, because what kid doesn't love Halloween? For me, personally, I love being able to give back. I'm a Physical Therapist by profession, so helping people is in my nature. It has always made me feel good to help others, and I want my kids to know that feeling as well."
Around 70 people from the community donated time, supplies, and energy to help put together 500 "Boo Bags," which are donated to children in need in the area. It was the second year for the "Boo Bag" event, and the women plan to continue and increase the reach in coming years. City Commissioner Bob Mayersohn was on hand to take part in the event and support the community. "Opportunities like this provide our children the means to learn about giving back. This is why our community is a special place to live," said Mayersohn.
"We would love to continue it every year!" said Weisbrot. "This year we 'upped our game' and geared up to stuff 500 bags. It helps to have the children do the stuffing, because they are so energetic and run around the maze of tables, once they see them filled with candy and Halloween goodies!"
Stacie Weisbrot sees the impact that giving back has on her own children as well. "We hope that the youth gain perspective that there are others living in nearby communities here in Florida that are much less fortunate. My husband, Steven, and I try to model that for our children, that even small gestures of generosity and kindness go a long way. One can choose to be a bystander, or a helper, and we unquestionably choose the latter."