Scouts collecting food for Food Shelf this Saturday
Thursday, March 08, 2012 1:50 AM
A Boy Scout promises to "help other people at all times" and in the Law of the Pack, a Cub Scout "gives good will."
Locally, the Spring Grove Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be participating in the nationwide Scouting for Food program.
The scouts will be helping others by collecting food and delivering it to the Houston County Food Shelf.
On March 6, Cub Scout members placed flyers on the residences of Spring Grove alerting them to the Scouting for Food event.
On Saturday, March 10, the Boy Scouts of Troop 55 will go around to all of the homes, collecting food that residents donate.
The scouts ask that people place their donated food by their front door or on their front step by 9 a.m. on Saturday. If someone's food doesn't get picked up, they can contact Boy Scout troop leader, Sue Barker at 498-3315, and someone will stop and pick up the food.
The scouts will only be visiting residents in the city limits, but if someone outside of the city is interested in donating to this good cause, they can drop off any donations at Barker's home.
Non-perishable food items that are needed include: canned items of meat, fish, soup, fruits and vegetables and dry/boxed items such as pasta, macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper and rice mixes. Personal care products are also needed.
Both Boy and Cub Scouts need to give time to their community through service. As the boys help with the Scouting for Food event, they are working to complete these hours and are coming one step closer to fulfilling their promises as scouts.
Barker commented that Cub and Boy Scouts have been Scouting for Food in the community for more than 20 years.
"The boys feel good collecting the food knowing that is going to help someone else out," she remarked. This year there are 10 Cub Scouts and six Boy Scouts.
The Boy Scouts are also working on another project, one that will help out children. They have been collecting items and raising money to purchase toys, books and games to deliver to the Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities.
"The boys have been excited about this project and are looking forward to actually getting to deliver the toys and games to the kids. We will get to tour the facility, and I think it will be good for the boys to see what some kids are facing. We hope to go in April sometime."