On the 10th of March, the Boy Scouts of Troop 1 Hopedale orchestrated a town-wide food collection to benefit the Milford Food Pantry. For the past several years, the Boy Scouts have been collecting canned and dried goods for Daily Bread Food Pantry in Milford, MA, which helps feed more than 400 families in the Milford area.
Each year, the Cub Scouts of Pack 1 Hopedale distribute fliers notifying the citizens of Hopedale of the collection date, asking residents to place items in a clearly visible bag on their front porch or steps. Saturday morning, the Boy Scouts of Troop 1 climbed into the cars of volunteer parents, and slowly move through the neighborhoods looking for donations. All of the bags are brought back to Union Evangelical Church (the Charter organization for Troop 1 Hopedale), and the Scouts sift through the donations, sorting them into boxes of ‘similar’ items.
“Each year we do this I am impressed by the generosity of the community,” said Troop 1 Committee Chair Matt Dykhoff. “Part of the Scout Law states that a Scout is helpful, this is a very tangible way for the boys to see that they can play an important role in helping others.” Clark Hockenbury, Scoutmaster for Troop 1 Hopedale, continued with “Understanding that there are families in need who need to rely on this service, in their own community, is a critical lesson for the boys. We estimate about 800 pounds of food was collected throughout the day.”
Troop 1 Hopedale would like to thank all of the parents that donated their time and resources to help the boys make this happen, in addition to Union Evangelical Church, and all of the families of Hopedale that communicated to this very important project. For more information about Scouting in Hopedale, visit www.hopedalescouts.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.