FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood Family Housing’s Resident Advisory Board has several ideas on their plate to bring positivity and information to residents here, including some surprise initiatives.“I don’t want to give those away now, but we are always thinking of ways to boost morale,” Angel Pavey, RAB president and representative for Comanche II, said, “especially with holidays coming up and COVID has really put a strain on things.”A program designed to positively affect the quality of life for families at Fort Hood and enhance customer service by allowing important residential issues to be brought directly to Lendlease, the RAB is made up of FHFH residents who are looking out for the well-being of their friends and neighbors.“Boosting morale is also a small way to restore faith in the community,” Pavey said. “If the residents know they have support, they will take more pride in their community and in spreading kindness.”The RAB president revealed one way they plan to boost morale is through a drive-thru trunk-or-treat they will be hosting Oct. 23 in the Lendlease parking lot.“FHFH is working with the RAB to plan and execute several community surprises that are intended to help our residents get in the holiday spirit,” Staci Burton, assistant marketing manager of communities from Lendlease Incorporated, the contract operator of FHFH, said. “The first set of surprises will be Halloween themed to help our residents enjoy some not so spooky fun.”Pavey said the board has also met virtually with Fort Hood Recycle and plan to tour the facility after the COVID restrictions have lifted. She said one of the surprising things she discovered is that all the funds from recycling help pay for events like the annual Independence Day fireworks display, Oktoberfest, Hood Howdy and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers events.Unfortunately, contaminates such as dirty diapers, used needles, food waste, batteries and even animal carcasses find their way to the recycling bins, which contaminate all the recycled materials, but could also cause health issues. Burton said they have started to include flyers about Fort Hood Recycle inside the move-in packets for FHFH.“We are hoping to educate residents on the importance of recycling, especially on Fort Food,” Pavey said. “It’s important to know how recycling is beneficial for the community, besides the important environmental aspects.”She said providing positive quality of life events in the community, as well as educating the residents about issues now that could benefit them in the future, is part of boosting morale within FHFH.“A good morale is important in order to be able to continue the mission,” Pavey said. “Soldiers need to feel their families are happy, healthy and taken care of.”Meanwhile, Lendlease is taking the opportunity to celebrate Resident Appreciation Month in October with a variety of activities scheduled to thank its residents. Events will kick off with National Night Out Oct. 9. Burton said there will be a “party parade” driving through housing to hand out goodies to registered households. Residents can register online at https://www.facebook.com/forthoodfh.“This year may look a bit different in light of COVID-19. However, we have come up with a fun way to engage with our residents and provide them with a night of fun to celebrate taking a stand against crime,” Burton said.At the end of the party, residents are encouraged to post photos of the event on the FHFH Facebook page for a chance to win a Facebook Portal.“Through this event, we are providing an avenue for Soldiers and their families to get to know their local law enforcement, all while bringing the Fort Hood community together to send a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are fighting back and taking a stand against crime,” Burton said. “This event is part of our overall mission to provide outstanding communities where military families can live, work and thrive.”