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‘Scouting for food’: Troop 55 and 222 collect food for The Salvation Army

Posted: Monday, Apr 15th, 2013

(From left) Brian Harris, James Thorpe and Nick Freeman along with other Members of Troop 55 and Troop 222 helped gather donations of food items Saturday at Corborn’s. In the next photo, (from left) Zayne Winson, Cole Oschner and Reese Lemke along with other members of Troop 55 and Troop 222 helped gather donations of food items Saturday at Fair City Foods. The donations helped replenish the food pantry at The Salvation Army. PHOTOS BY SHANNON MARVEL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — The Boy Scouts of Huron, Troops 55 and 222, spent Saturday afternoon collecting donations of non-perishable food items at Fair City Foods and Coborn’s, all of which will go towards stocking The Salvation Army’s food pantry. The food pantry helps feed those in need within the Huron community.

Joani Oschner, parent to Cub Scout Cole Oschner, said that in past years the scouts have gone door-to-door asking for food donations during the winter months.

“The Salvation Army’s pantry is lowest in the summertime so we decided to hold the food drive in the spring this year. Fair City and Coborn’s welcomed us with open arms, so it all worked out really well,” Oschner said.

A “scouting for food” badge is awarded to the scouts who participated in the food drive. The virtue of helping others in need, not the badge, was the real reward to the scouts. Cub Scout Reese Lemke said the best part about the food drive is how fun it is to do something good for the community.

“It’s about helping people and I like to help people,” Lemke said.

Den leader Jim Thorpe said it is one thing for the boys to physically be there to gather donations for the pantry but the most important part is showing how important it is to be helpful and kind in general.

“I’m proud of these boys for jumping in and helping people,” Thorpe said.

The scouts did not hesitate to help anyone take their groceries to their car or take their cart back for them, which is above and beyond what was required of them to receive the badge. Scouts at each location assisted anyone who needed help with their bags or carts, including Tiger Scout Zayne Winson.

“I helped a lady carry groceries to her car because I just felt like doing it!” Winson said, adding, “Giving food to the community is awesome!”

Bear Scout James Thorpe said the best part was getting involved in the community. “It’s fun seeing people so generous to give food,” he added.

For any young boys interested in becoming a Boy Scout contact Joani Oschner at (605) 354-9770.

“We are active year round and have many summer activities planned,” Oschner said.

For the complete article see the 04-14-2013 issue.

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