Blythewood Scouts collect food to feed the hungry

Volunteers count and organize donations. Jeanne Reynolds photos.

Boy Scout Troop 224 and Cub Scout Pack 224 joined forces Saturday to collect 6,172 food items to help feed the hungry in Blythewood.

The drive, called Scouting for Food, is a nationwide scouting service program. Work began more than a week ago when scouts distributed 4,000 donation bags in neighborhoods in the Blythewood area.

Saturday, the boys retraced their steps to collect the bags and bring them to Trinity United Methodist Church for counting, sorting and organizing. The food was then delivered to Christian Assistance Bridge in Blythewood for its food pantry.

“This project gets us out into the community we hope to serve,” said John Sagona, who organized the dozens of scouts and volunteers needed to implement the drive. “It gets us some exposure and shows the community what scouting is all about.”

Similar drives take place this time of year across scouting’s Indian Waters Council, which covers the Midlands, Sagona said.

“It gives the boys a sense of helping other people and giving back to the community. Those are the kinds of values we want to instill in our scouts,” he said.

Troop 224 and Pack 224 are sponsored by and meet at Trinity.

Categories: Blythewood, Richland County

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