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Scouts give a ‘Good Turn’


To the Editor:

The Tall Pine Council, Boy Scouts of America is providing a 'Good Turn' in our community through its annual March food drive.

Local scouts canvassed the community for donations to benefit food banks in Lapeer, Genesee and Shiawassee counties.

Good Turn for America is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts of America that will help provide adequate food and shelter, and to promote good health habits in our nation. The initiative was launched under Good Turn for America in 2004. Boy Scouts performed the first nationwide Good Turn on February 10, 1934 at the behest of President Roosevelt collecting 1,812,284 items for those in need including clothing, household furnishings and supplies. The first annual Scouting for Food Drive was held in 1985, with over 65 million containers of food being collected nationally.

The Tall Pine Council has teamed up with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, VG's Food Stores, many local volunteers, and various community food banks and churches for the annual Scouting for Food Drive. Since its inception, local Scouts from the Tall Pine Council have collected over one million pounds of food that has been distributed back into their own communities through local food banks and churches.

The 2009 Scouting for Food Drive was kicked off with three 'Feed the Hungry' locations on Saturday, March 21 where Scouts prepared, cooked and served breakfast to over 100 hungry guests. Feed the Hungry locations were Trinity Methodist Church in Lapeer, Owosso Wesleyan Church, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in downtown Flint.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Tall Pine Council is the community's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Tall Pine Council has developed programs that offer fun and challenging activities for youth of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The Boy Scouts of America teaches young men and women life skills, leadership, community service and responsibility.

For more information call 810-235-2531.

Marilyn Costigan, Tall Pine Council, Boy Scouts of America
April 01, 2009

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