Scouts call for help in drive

Published 7:36 pm Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thanks to the Boy Scouts in the Dallas County Area, residents won’t have to go any farther than their mailbox Saturday to donate food to the less fortunate.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Scouts will be collecting food donations from the community and delivering them to the Salvation Army as a part of their annual “Scouting for Food” Good Turn.

Residents interested in donating should place their donations inside of a shopping bag, and place them beside their mailbox. The Boy Scouts will be putting flyers about the event on mailboxes in area neighborhoods this week.

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“It teaches the boys there are people who are less fortunate, who don’t have enough food,” District Executive Leith Wilson said. “It is helping them to understand the need to help.”

Wilson said the Salvation Army prefers canned goods or other non-perishable food items.

“The Salvation Army likes the individually-canned type of foods,” Wilson said.

Bill Morgan, the Scout Executive of the Tukabatchee Area Council, said the drive is a part of the daily Good Turn, or good deed, that every Boy Scouts is required to do. He said the goal across the 14 counties, which includes Dallas County, is to collect 20,000 pounds.

“This will actually be the 25th year,” Morgan said. “Over the period of time, we have averaged more than 25,000 pounds food each year in the 14 counties where we do this particular drive.”

Wilson said the Boy Scouts are appreciative of the support from the community.

“We thank the people that have helped us in the past, and the people that continue to give to this cause,” Wilson said.