During the Klondike we had almost full participation in the food drive and collected close to 1600 food items that were slit between 4 local food pantries.
We also collected 299 pairs of socks. All the women’s and children’s socks went to a shelter in Irvington (Turning Point) that just services that population and the men’s socks were split between 2 shelters in Irvington and Newark run by Urban Renewal. These shelters were very greatly and touched that we thought of them and said the socks will be very appreciated by their clients. One woman I spoke to actually said, “The Boy Scouts really thought of us?”
As I was dropping off the socks and driving through neighborhoods that were once thriving communities and are now filled with boarded up homes, fences covered in graffiti and lots filled with garbage, I had a chance to really be grateful for all that I have and hope you all feel the same way.
Please remember to report the service hours for the drive, do not get so hung up on the time. If your scout went shopping with a parent to buy 10 cans of food and a pair of socks, give him/her one hour of service but please do not let it go unreported.