Trick O’ Treat!
It’s that time of year, again! Time to recreate a virtual neighborhood for the children living shelters throughout the Austin Area. Thanks to the generosity of many, many corporate and individual supporters, year after year, the event is a success.
The concept, introduced by one Travis County Sheriff’s Department’s finest, Officer Derrick Taylor, has served an innumerable amount of youth who may otherwise have missed out on the experience of going door to door filling their sacks with handfuls of goodies!
This is A.S.P.I.R.E.’s second year of participation. In 2012, we escorted nineteen (6th – 9th) grade student volunteers to the Austin Children’s Shelter. Our volunteers, most of whom qualify for social services themselves, assisted Travis County Sheriff’s Explorer’s Group and other Officers and Volunteers in creating a virtual neighborhood for children, 6 months to 17 years old, all residents of various Children’s Shelters throughout the Austin area.
Volunteers came together and sorted tons of candy for distribution and decorated the halls, from ceiling to floor, so that the shelter’s residents could enjoy an authentic Halloween trick or treat experience.
It was AMAZING to see young adults of all ages actively engaged in making a positive difference in the lives of other children!
“This was a great experience. I really did not know what to expect before we got here; but, I am glad that I came and hope that we can come again, next year,” said Magdalena. Many of the students shared the same excitement. Additionally, feedback from other students and their parents about the experience was also very positive!