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Bessemer Safe Halloween event benefits Pueblo parents and kids

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Pueblo parents learned about community services while their kids trick-or-treated at Bessemer Safe Halloween Pueblo parents learned about community services while their kids trick-or-treated at Bessemer Safe Halloween
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Some Pueblo kids got an early chance to trick-or-treat Friday while their parents got information about valuable resources in the community at the Bessemer Safe Halloween event.

NeighborWorks of Pueblo had a great turnout for its Community Resource Day during NeighborWorks Week in June, so the organization wanted to do it again. This time there was fun for the whole family.

Dozens of representatives from services throughout Pueblo came to set up booths at NeighborWorks' headquarters to educate the public. The event was called Bessemer Safe Halloween because, as parents were getting the valuable information, their kids went booth-to-booth trick-or-treating.

"They can learn a little bit about the different things that are out there, the services in the community, and the kids can be here safe where they're not out on the streets," says executive director Ashleigh Winans. "We don't have to worry about cars and all of those sorts of things. They can just come and get some candy and have a good time."

Parents say it is nice to have somewhere they can take their kids for Halloween, with the added bonus of knowledge they can take away. Jonathan Wofford brought his son Jackson to the event and says, "They have a ton of services that are offered to the community, and I'm very interested in a lot of them, so it's very helpful."

The non-profit's Community Resource Day has grown since its inception. Augustine Vega got support for his daughter who suffers from mental illness when he attended the event years ago. Now a volunteer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, he says, "We were able to find out a lot of information, get some education, and it would help us, and that's why I'm here to be able to provide this same service for anybody else that might have somebody that's mentally ill."

NeighborWorks organizers say the Halloween version of Community Resource Day was so much fun that they plan to make it an annual event.

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