Cub Scouts collecting food for Jeffco Action Center

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By Emile Hallez

A yellow and blue score of Cub Scouts marched out into neighborhoods Jan. 30 and delivered empty grocery bags to area homes. Pack 554, which is based at Normandy Elementary school, will be returning to the same homes Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. with hopes of collecting thousands of bags filled with nonperishable goods to be donated to the Jeffco Action Center.

“This is our 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts,” said Den 3 volunteer mom Victoria Mason. “We’re hoping to get 100 boxes of canned food. … We’re going to hit every home in our neighborhood.”

Seven of the pack’s eight dens congregated at 10 a.m. at the school to organize and staple fliers to 2,300 empty paper grocery bags. The groups then split off and covered surrounding neighborhoods, leaving a paper bag on almost every doorstep in the area.

Though this marks the second year the pack has participated in the event, the 2010 food drive is thus far much more organized, said Mason, who helped facilitate a similar event for her son’s former Cub Scout pack in Maryland.

Last year the Scouts received a tour of the Jeffco Action Center and collected 40 boxes of donated food.

“We collected about 100 grocery bags, as a den,” said Rich Buethe, a volunteer dad for Den 5 who sat stapling grocery bags and fliers along with his son, Nicolas. “We filled up the back of a half-ton pickup.”

Leaflets on the bags, which began “Have a Heart — Give a Can!” encourage residents to fill the bags with shelf-stable goods such as peanut butter and noodles. Other items, such as warm clothing and blankets, are also being accepted.

Though the main idea behind the drive is to help provide food for needy area families, the event helps make Scouts conscious of social issues in their community, Mason said.

As Den 5 Wolf Scout Fulton Pritchett helped organize the empty bags, he echoed the theme.

“Poor people might be hungry,” he said. “We need to take care of them.”


Contact Emile Hallez Williams at emile@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22. For updates, check www.ColumbineCourier.com.