Scouts hold collection drive for ‘Christmas for the Soldiers’
To the Editor,
On November 17-18, Boy Scout Troop 632, Cub Scout Pack 607, along with the local Girl Scouts, collected items at Tecumseh stores to send to the troops stationed at “Camp Mike Spann” Afghanistan. We would like to thank the store managers at “Jerry’s Market” for not only opening up their store to us for the collection and exchanging many items which were too large to ship for smaller sizes plus discounted the items for us so we could get even more. Thanks to them and the management at “Walgreen’s Drugs” and “Shopko” we were in just two days able to collect a total of 1,007 lbs. of goods valued at $5,240 and over $1,600 in donations to ship 104 boxes to Camp Spann in time for Christmas.
The now shipped boxes contain basic hygiene items, laundry detergent, snacks, and many “handmade” Christmas cards from the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. The packages will be a welcome sight at the “Camp Spann” food pantry which is being run by former Scoutmas-ter of B.S.A. Troop 632, Mark Kirkendall who has told us that the camp “PX” store has been closed this year requiring the soldiers to travel to other nearby camps over sometimes dangerous territory to obtain these basic items.
I would like to say a BIG “THANK YOU” to the citizens who shopped at these stores for their more than generous donations of goods and money that weekend and the store managers of the three stores (Jerry’s, Walgreens, and Shopko) for their support, and especially the Boy Scouts Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts of Tecumseh. Also a very special Thank You to Scout Mom and Dad Vic and Karen Trigaux along with their Eagle Scout son Josh who devoted their Thanksgiving Holiday to the packaging of the thousands of items. And finally the workers at the Tecumseh Post Office who worked for 3 1/2 hours sorting and shipping the packages.
This massive effort will put a smile on the faces of these soldiers who can’t be home with their families this Christmas.
John G. Hoag
Tecumseh, Asst. Scoutmaster
B.S.A. Troop 632