To the editor:
Imagine a middle aged lady putting her hands together and pleading to everyone in this town to take a few minutes and grab some food items from their cupboads and put it out on your doorstep this Saturday morning before 9 am. You see, it's "Scouting 4 Food" this Saturday, and as a mother of a Boy Scout, a Cub Scout, and a Former Girl Scout - I can't tell you how phenominally wonderful this event is to fire up the "Service to Community" spark we need to ignite in all of our children.
Scouting 4 Food has been going on for decades but has definitely turned a little softer in New Ulm. In 2009 we collected 4,211 lbs of food, in 2010, 2,970 lbs came in and last year we collected 4,904 lbs. - the lovely people of our well run Food Shelf always rejoice and are always VERY APPERCIATIVE at whatever this event brings in. However, some of our "Grandpa-Type" Scout leaders remember when this event brought in more than 15,000 lbs of food. I do know that many more organizations are helping our food shelf with their own drives (like businesses and churches), plus many of you donate weekely to the boxes at CashWise. So overall donation numbers to the Food Shelf remain high. I'm just asking all of you to still be your rocking generous selves and continue donating to the food shelf your normal way, and still find a can of tuna to put out this weekend to help our local kids feel invested in this nobel effort too.
Everyone should have received a bag on their door last Saturday explaining what "Scouting 4 Food" is - but it was a windy day so, "Thank You" in advance for your understanding if some bags blew away. Everyone within city limits is invited to donate and if you forget to get your food out before 9 a.m., please feel free to bring it directly to the food shelf on Saturday before 1 p.m.
By the way, if you happen to have a son between 5th grade and 12th grade who needs more service opportunities in his life, he's more than welcome to join Scouting. Our next meeting is April 2 in the NUACS cafeteria 7 p.m.
Assistant Scout Master
Troop 25, New Ulm