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Collection of Warm winter items for elementary children living in urban Kansas City.

3rd Mar 2013

On the 6th November our Cub Pack collected over 250 warm winter items for children living in urban Kansas City. Many of these children do not have winter clothing items, so we collected new winter clothing items such as mittens, gloves, scarves, hats and socks. 
The warm winter items to these children are in most cases luxury items.  We wanted the children to feel OUR warmth when standing outside waiting for a bus or during recess or any other time they are outside. 
Our goal was to collect enough items to fill 50 bags, with each bag containing gloves, hat and socks.
Our Pack ended up collecting enough items to fill 80 bags….but in reality we collected 80 bags of 3 items each
PLUS we had about 100 more items that we were able to give to the schools.
Learning outcomes! We should dedicate a larger portion of the pack meeting to letting the boys experience the “WHO” is benefiting, the packaging of the items etc. 
We had the Cub Scouts write notes to the kids and package up 3 items in each bag, but ran short on time.  I think it’s important for the boys to experience the “doing” as much as the “Giving”
Why we did it?
We felt this was an excellent drive for our Pack, for the following reasons:
The Cub Scouts could relate to collecting for children their own age. The weather was turning colder and the Cub Scouts could relate to the necessity and value these items would bring to those less fortunate.Our Pack meeting was centered around Citizenship – and this drive certainly exhibited good citizenship for the Cub Scouts and It benefited local schoolchildren in need.

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