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Scouts collect food for charity
November 10, 2012, 05:00 AM By Ashley Hansen Daily Journal Correspondent

Cub Scouts Connor Lovell, 9, and Zachary Rees, 6, of Pack 458 found a wallet containing identification, credit cards and a large amount of money. They returned the wallet to its owner. The two will join the rest of their pack this weekend delivering fliers for an annual food drive.


Boy Scouts will be walking door to door Nov. 10 to hang fliers advertising for their annual Scouting for Food Drive in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank which helps feed underprivileged families during the holidays.

"Scouting for Food is a nationwide service the Boys Scouts of America has performed for over 30 years,” said Ronald Chang, senior district executive, Discovery District of the Pacific Skyline Council’s Boy Scouts of America.

"Second Harvest works with a number of different Bay Area agencies (and) publicly and privately issues the food they collect,” Chang said. "So, for the most part, the food is collected by the Boy Scouts and delivered to the food bank collection locations and then reissued to those agencies directly.”

In the Bay Area, the Boy Scouts typically collect upwards of about 80,000 pounds of food.

"That equals about 20,000 meals for families of four or holiday meals for 20,000 families of four,” Chang said.

Part of the Boy Scout motto is to do good daily, and the food drive is a very public exhibition of that motto.

The younger Cub Scouts will get recognized with a patch and the older Boy Scouts serve the community as part of required community service hours Their hours range from one to more than 20 hours of combined service, Chang said.

This is not the Boy Scout’s first spin around the block this year. This past October, the Cub Scouts hosted their annual popcorn drive where two Cub Scouts, Connor Lovell and Zachary Rees, found a wallet while walking door to door. Their Cub Scout principles were put to the test. With the help of their Cub master, Donn Lovell, the boys identified the owner of the wallet and returned it to him, cards and cash included. As Cub Scouts, their motto is to "do what’s right” so the boys did not accept the reward offered. Instead, the grateful owner bought a few bags of popcorn to support the fundraiser.

"We saw it all together and I went over to pick it up. It (was) a team effort-type thing,” Donn Lovell said. "The boys felt good because they’ve all lost something before and they know how good it feels to get something back when it’s lost.”

Cub Scout Pack 458 has been at Parkside Elementary School since 1958. Donn Lovell has been the Cub master since 2009 and is a former Cub Scout of that pack from the ’70s. The pack is a group of almost 20 boys and is considered small since most have 40 members.

"That’s what we try to teach in Scouts,” Lovell said. "(To) bestow a little bit of these core values in giving to the community. Everything they do they get rewarded for.”

Cub Scout Pack 458 will be walking around the more than 1,700 homes in the neighborhoods to the east of Highway 101 (Parkside/Shoreview) to hang door hangers for Scouting for Food on Nov. 10 and then will re-walk the area with wagons in tow and collect food for the families in need on Nov. 17.

"It is such a great feeling to know you are helping so many families that would be hungry this holiday season,” Lovell said of the event.

To help the Scouting for Food cause watch out for door hangers delivered on Nov. 10 and then for pick up on Nov. 17 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Scouts from other packs will be going door to door throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

For more information on the Bay Are Boy Scouts visit http://www.pacsky.org/. For information on Second Harvest Food Bank visit http://www.shfb.org/.


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