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Helping with the Fight Against Childhood Hunger

24. avr 2013

In searching for a service project, the Bear Den came across an organization called Kids’ Food Basket.  Their goal is to fight childhood hunger and we immediately knew it was the service project we wanted to participate in.  Our Messenger of Peace service project was done in the personal dimension.  We felt that volunteering for this organization brought harmony and equality to those who would not otherwise have it. 
Kids’ Food Basket is an organization with a mission to ensure the children within the community do not go to bed hungry.  They accomplish this by creating “Sack Suppers” that are given to elementary aged children at school.  The children then take their sack supper home to eat later in the evening.  The organization only serves schools that have an 80% or higher poverty rate. 
The Bear Den of Pack 4139 volunteered their time to Kids’ Food Basket.  We drove to their packaging location and packaged 300 meals for 300 students.  This was a rewarding experience for the Cub Scouts as they learned about children their age that had no food in their refrigerators.  The Cub Scouts asked if they could return and volunteer again and they were told that they could.  We intend to continue to work with the organization to pick, sort, and donate fruit in the summer.  One Scout mentioned that his “tummy felt good” when we were done volunteering. 
In addition, all of the scouts decorated paper bags that the sack suppers would be sent home in.  Kids’ Food Basket felt that a positive message or drawing on the sack suppers left the children with a more positive outlook and gave them something happy to look at while eating their suppers.  On their own time, the Cub Scouts decorated bags at home.  In total, we decorated and donated 575 brown bags. 
After volunteering, the Scouts decided they wanted to continue to support the Kids’ Food Basket.  One of their biggest wish list items are juice boxes.  They go through 100,000 boxes of juice in one month.  As a den, we chose to collect and donate juice. 
We set a goal of collecting 500 juice boxes.  With one leader and four Cub Scouts, we thought this was a reasonable expectation.  With a group of 8 year olds, I felt a bake sale would be our best option to raise the funds to purchase juice.  We scheduled our bake sale and made all of our baked goods.  The day of the bake sale arrived, and it was 32 degrees, with 8-30mph winds, and it was snowing.  All of the Cub Scouts braved the cold weather and sat outside doing our bake sale for 3 hours.  Our community showed their support and stood out in the snow and cold to purchase what we had made. 
With all the donations, we were able to raise 1,659 juice boxes for the fight against childhood hunger. 
The Cub Scouts of Pack 4139 displayed citizenship, compassion, cooperation, honesty, perseverance, positive attitudes, resourcefulness, respect, and responsibility.  These core values were present as they went above and beyond to help fight childhood hunger.