Halloween comes early for Luke Nelson

SARA VANDEN BERGE
Residents in Heritage Hills used golf carts to take Luke Nelson and his family trick-or-treating Sunday night.

Two local neighborhoods - Heritage Hills and Timber Creek Estates - joined forces Sunday night to host an early night of trick-or-treating for young Luke Nelson who is battling cancer.

Dressed as spider man, Luke went door-to-door with his family - parents Clint and Mia, and his two sisters, Lilly and Lila - to have a little fun before he begins his first of two stem cell transplants Tuesday, which will keep him in isolation for six to eight weeks.

Keri Vanden Berge attends church with the Nelson family and helped organize the early Halloween celebration.

“Everyone was so generous last night with all the goodies, candy and treats for the Nelson family,” Vanden Berge said. “We are truly blessed with the best little town in Texas.” 

Residents in Heritage Hills dressed as super heroes and passed out candy and gift baskets to the  family. 

More than a dozen families in Timber Creek also took part in the event that included a hay ride.

Vanden Berge was emotional as she talked about the generosity shown by so many people who came together for the little boy. 

“You could see God at work Sunday night,” she said. “It was an emotional night for all of us.” 

Mia Nelson took to Facebook after the event Sunday night to show her appreciation. 

“All I can really say about tonight is WOW!” she wrote. “Our family has been beyond blessed with the love and support our family, friends, church and community members have poured out on us… We are so, so blessed and ‘thank you’ will never be able to fully express how much tonight meant to Luke and to us.”