Scouts help families get meals for Thanksgiving

SARANAC A group of community-minded kids did its part in helping bring meals to the less fortunate in the Saranac community. Children from Cub Scout Pack 35 and Brownie Troop 4195 spent weeks leading up to Thanksgiving soliciting donations of canned goods and other nonperishable all in an effort to create food baskets and stock the shelves of the Saranac United Methodist Church food pantry. The collection culminated Nov. 17 as Cub Scouts and Brownies gave a last-ditch effort in soliciting donations and gathered at the church to organize what they received. In all, enough to fill 12 food baskets to be distributed through the local Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton and Franklin Counties Outreach Center and help stock shelves at both the church and JCEO food pantries was collected. Its a great blessing to be able to bring three groups together the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and the Methodist Church and even the JCEO to help get this food together to help out for Thanksgiving, said Cub Scout Pack 35 Cubmaster Stanley Hatch, who has been involved with the effort for several years. This is a great community service project for our Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts and its one of the best ways to teach them there are people in their community that are needier than they are, said Tammi Reil, Brownie Leader for Troop 4195. They really have no understanding of it until they see it face to face. Its a nice way for them to reach out to other kids their age and their families. The amount of generosity felt in the Saranac community, including the congregation of Saranac United Methodist Church, comes to no surprise to Ms. Reil. Theres a good heart inside of everybody, said Ms. Reil. Sometimes they just need to be asked. If you would like to learn more about helping the food pantries at the JCEO Outreach Center or Saranac United Methodist Church, call coordinators Cindy Waldron and Leslie Dann at 293-6661 and 293-7778, respectively.

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