If the two dozen people who came to Safety Harbor’s gazebo ever start to fear the world is filled with apathy, many will think back to Wednesday night and how a community came together for strangers.
“Everybody says let’s do something and nobody ever does anything,” Karen Hackel said. “We said let’s do something. If five people arrive here this evening, that’s 5 more people than if nobody arrives.”
But 24 people showed up, each one of them spending their evening signing cards and saying prayers for the Bronken family of Chicago, who have now lost two loved ones in a Saturday crash on McMullen Booth Rd. Katherine Bronken, 15, died Wednesday afternoon, four days after her father, who was piloting the plane.
“Katie’s mom must be really having such a difficult situation … losing her husband, her daughter and her other daughter was lost in an accident in 2009,” Bob Hackel said.
The crowd used scarves to fill in a heart-shape on the ground.
“I think it was beautiful showing them that all of our hearts together as a community were able to build one big heart just for them,” said 14 year-old Olivia Kerper. “I think that it was really important that all these strangers came together and that we were able to show them that we do care.”