Scouts Collect 5,000 Pounds of Food for Pantries

According to a report from Strausnews.com, “Thomas (T.J.) Hansen, a member of Boy Scout Troop 45 in Warwick, recently conducted a food drive to complete his Eagle Scout leadership project.”

The report said, “After the Thanksgiving distribution of food, the Warwick Food Pantry’s shelves were bare. Once the Eagle Board approved the project, Hansen, 15, met with the manager of ShopRite and received a donation of 2,000 grocery bags. Frank’s Pizzeria and J&J Pizzeria donated pizza to feed the hungry volunteers. The LastChance Motorcycle Club donated money to cover beverages and paper products.”

According to the article, “Hansen and his fellow scouts from Troop 45 as well as non-scout volunteer’s stapled letters to the bags and distributed them to 2,000 homes in Warwick on Dec. 9. The food was to be picked up from the porches and driveways the following Saturday.”

“Well, that’s when the true spirit of the holiday season amazed us all,” said Clayton Eurich, Troop 45 Committee Chairman. “The phone started ringing right away and Thomas started picking up frozen turkeys and hams that night. The people he met were just as excited about the project as he was. The outpouring of generosity from the community was tremendous. It was truly an experience of a lifetime.”

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