Scouts Put Mottos Into Action With Fire Response
NORTH COVENTRY PA – Over an initial period of only 24 hours, the always prepared members of Boy Scouts’ Pack 95, Troop 95, Troop 9519, and Crew 95 – all hosted by Cedarville Methodist Church, as well as Troop 127 hosted by Coventry Church of the Brethren – worked as a single unit to assemble help and supplies for victims of the July 30 Ashwood Apartments’ fire on Worth Boulevard.
The scouts started early July 31 (Friday) by jointly promoting two drives through social media channels. “Drop-off points were established at four different Scout homes and tangible donations (at top and below) poured in. Over the next twenty-four hours, the response from local businesses, organizations and individuals caused the elementary school and fire department to stop accepting items.”
The scouts, however, continued to work directly with the North Coventry Fire Company, the non-profit Evan’s Eleven Inc. and the Salvation Army to best serve those in need.
Leaders of Cedarville scouting connected with a previous beneficiary, the Animal House Project, to provide replacement supplies and food for the animals affected by the tragedy. It helped collect four moving boxes full of food, leashes, bowls, and animal toys, two trash bags of bedding and sheets and two crates. The first van-load was dropped off Aug. 1.
Meanwhile, the Patrol Leader’s Council of Troop 127, through texting and late evening calls, began conducting a “socks and snacks” drive to address its neighbors’ immediate needs (at right). “We were looking for single-serving packages of granola and power bars, crackers, and dried fruit to satisfy nutritional needs between meals, as well as packs of underwear and socks,” according to Troop 127 Senior Patrol Leader Sam Kennedy.
Community responses, including that of Wegmans Market in Downingtown, resulted in several hundred pounds of snacks and multiple boxes of clothing, all of which were delivered to North Coventry’s firehouse, also on Aug. 1.
The scouts’ efforts continue with appeals still on social media. They’ve gathered more than $1,000 in gift cards from places as far away as Texas to offer victims assistance for short-term needs. Scouts also are ensuring that all materials donated to their collection bins “will have a home” as they continue to partner with the Salvation Army and the Animal House Project.
Additionally, scouting volunteers have worked at all donation locations. Representatives of both Cedarville scouting and Troop 127 said they “see serving the community as an integral part of our Scouting experience … We truly thank all the individuals, organizations, and companies who let us ‘Do A Good Turn Daily’ and demonstrate that ‘A Scout is Helpful’,” they said.
- Editor’s note: This story was reported by Boy Scouts Sam Kennedy (SPL, Troop 127), Nate Kratz (Scribe, T127), Stacey Jones (Committee Chair, P95), and Bill Faust (ASM Troop 127, Advancement Chair P95), and written by The Post.
Photos from Boy Scout Pack 95, Troops 95, 9519, 127, and Crew 95