ROY -- The community is invited to help organize a large fundraiser for the family of Ethan Stacy, the 4-year-old who was killed earlier this month after he came to live with his mother for the summer.
The fundraiser is planned for 10 a.m. to midnight June 12 at Sparetime Family Fun Center, 5160 S. 1900 West.
"We could have one heck of a big fund-raiser," said Andrea Bliss of Layton, an organizer of the event. "We are talking to so many people."
Bliss is looking for ideas, donations and volunteers to make the event a success. She wants to schedule a meeting in the next few days with those interested in helping.
Already, owners of Sparetime have committed to donating their profits for the day. Also planned for the parking lot are pony rides and other family activities.
"We're trying to get people to donate the big bounce toys for kids," she said.
Bliss hopes to make the event as educational as it is fun and profitable.
"We want to have some educational speakers who can talk about bike helmets and seat belts, stuff like that," she said. "We want to try to talk to parents about finding sex offenders in their neighborhoods and about children's fingerprint identification."
But Bliss said she's open to other suggestions too.
"We're looking for more ideas and people that can donate stuff to us," Bliss said. "If you have an idea, please, please, please present it to us."
She said the bigger the event can become, the better it's going to be for the community as well as for the Stacy family.
"We definitely would love to have help from anybody," she said.
As a stay-at-home mother of a 10-year-old boy, Bliss said she has been deeply touched by Ethan's story.
"There's something about that beautiful little boy's smile that makes you want to do everything and anything you can for him," she said.
Bliss helped to organize two walks for justice for Ethan over the weekend that started in his Layton apartment complex and ended in front of the Davis County Jail where Ethan's mother and stepfather are being held after they were charged with his death.
"They definitely took that little boy from this world and offended a lot of people," Bliss said.
She said she's been surprised to see how the tragedy has drawn the community together to reach out for justice.
"Most of us never had the pleasure of knowing Ethan but we feel so close to him," she said. "It's unbelievable how much of our hearts he has without us ever even knowing him."
To contact Bliss, call her at (801) 499-3530.