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By LORRIE KINKADE
This week, more than two-dozen boys from Milton will give of themselves to help those in Trimble County who have fallen upon hard times. Their success, however, depends on you.
Despite the welcome drop in fuel prices recently, many in the community continue to struggle to afford necessities, such as food. For some, family members may be able to pitch in when needed. But for others, resources like the food pantry at Milton Methodist Church make the difference between putting dinner on the table or going without.
This week, Milton Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will collect non-perishable items to help re-stock the pantry. The canned goods they collect, as well as any dry goods donated, such as macaroni or rice, will help fill Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets prepared by pantry volunteers and distributed solely to Trimble County residents.
Milton Scout leader Dale Sedam said the local group has been participating in the organization’s “Scouting for Food” initiative since the Milton chapter’s inception in 1988.
“The boys work really hard each year on this. Because we are a rural area, we don’t have the boys go door to door, but instead ask them to go to people they know – friends, neighbors, relatives – and collect as many items as they can,” Sedam said.
The 26 young Scouts will gather food through Nov. 18, while a collection box will remain at Milton Elementary School only until Friday, Nov. 14. Additionally, the group will be accepting items at Milton Methodist Church from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.
“Last year, we collected around 500 items,” Sedam said. “This year we would really like to see 1,000.”
For more information on the Milton Scouting for Food project, call Sedam at (502) 268-0212.