Boy Scouts’ drive a success

November 23, 2017 by  

Boy Scouts in St. Louis recently sorted the items they had received during the Scouting For Food drive.

This is the 33rd year for the drive, and resulted in the scouts collecting 1,978,195 items in one day. Though this is a little less than the number collected last year, this time the Scouts had to fight cold temperatures, wind, and rain, which brought down participation. They sorted out the goods at Kirkwood Fire Department Station 2.

The Scout Executive/CEO of the Great St. Louis Area Council, Ronald Green, noted that thousands of volunteers and Scouts were involved in the food collection effort, and on their behalf, he thanked everyone who donated, saying it was amazing to see the community join together to support such a vital effort.

In 2016, collection day yielded 2.23 million items of food. The next week, the items donated to Goodwill raised the figure to a total of 2.25 million food items.

The drive is continuing through this Saturday, November 25, so there is still time to get involved. The drive’s sponsor, MERS Missouri Goodwill, is accepting canned food and nonperishable items at all its stores until then.

Major efforts like this, which involve an entire major urban area, can benefit if organizers work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for delivery throughout the entire region, specifying the items needed and where to donate them.