Local Family Serves Locally and Internationally
Staci, Dain and Eleise Brooks in India on medical mission. Photos courtesy of Staci Brooks.
Staci Brooks, Fairview resident, said that she has been involved in community service all of her life. As a child, she helped her mom with local community service projects and knew that one day, she would like to travel internationally providing help where needed.
Staci is a nurse by vocation and her husband, Dr. Dain Brooks, is an ophthalmologist. For the past four years they have gone on medical missions with SEE International. Each year, one of their four daughters goes with them on these mission trips. They have been to Honduras, Mexico, Ecuador and India. They will go to Honduras again in the summer of 2019. Staci said, “We take a child each trip to let them see life in other countries and to let them appreciate what they have.”
When they are on the medical mission trips, which last up to two weeks depending on the need, her husband performs cataract surgeries. Staci said they can do 30 surgeries a day. Even with that many surgeries performed in a day, they sometimes have to turn people away. She said in the very poor areas of these countries people get cataracts at a younger age than here. She said the surgeries are life-changing for the patients. Dr. Dain Brooks has a practice in Plano.
Locally, the Brooks family is active in community service. Staci is the JustServe Service Specialist for Lucas and Fairview. “JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community, providing opportunities to help those in need and enhance the quality of life in the community. JustServe is a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in posting projects or in encouraging volunteers to serve according to our guidelines.” (JustServe.org) Staci explained that JustServe was started by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but you don’t have to be a member of this church to serve or to receive assistance.
Those interested in finding a way to serve can go to JustServe.org and type in their zip code and choose how many miles they are willing to travel to serve. Service options will appear with links to details of the need and contact info. When the zip code 75069 was entered, opportunities included grant writer, literacy tutors, doctors, yard work, sorting clothing donations, etc. JustServe works with many service organizations in the area such as Samaritan’s Purse and Trusted World. This is a non-profit organization.
Staci said when her husband served in the military (he was a major in the Army), they moved around quite a bit. She said it was sometimes challenging for her to find a place in their new community to serve. She said that JustServe would have been a very helpful tool for her. She also said that when her older children were younger, she would have loved to have had JustServe as a resource for community service hours.
Staci said when her family serves together, it creates unit and it brightens their life, “We’ve been blessed with so much. We love to give back.” They enjoy going to nursing homes as a family and sometimes go on Christmas day to visit with those who do not have visitors.
Staci invites readers to contact her (firstname.lastname@example.org) with service projects that will benefit the community.