2017-09-07 / Front Page

Scouts Do “Good Turn” For Texas

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Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America, headquartered in Hagerstown, has partnered with the Bay Area Council in Galveston, Texas to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Scouts lived out their slogan of “Do A Good Turn Daily” as over 50 Scouts and volunteers from the community spent Saturday collecting and sorting supplies like bottled water, canned food, baby needs, and personal toiletries to be trucked down to Galveston next week by D. M. Bowman Inc. of Williamsport, Md.

These supplies had been collected by Scouting units in southern Franklin and Fulton counties, and Washington County, Md., over the past week to send down. The supplies that are arriving in Galveston, will then be distributed to community members in need by the local Boy Scouts and other partnering organizations like the United Way.

The Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort came about through the friendship of the two Scout executives at the Mason-Dixon and Bay Area Councils. Rob Stone, Scout executive of the Mason- Dixon Council, had contacted Charlie Tinsley, Scout executive of the Bay Area Council, asking what the Mason-Dixon Council could do to help as the community watched the devastation that Hurricane Harvey was leaving in its path unfold on television and online. In a few hours the two had put their plan into action.

Local Scouting units immediately jumped at the opportunity to help, many of them putting forth their own donation efforts.

Local businesses and organizations were quick to assist with D. M. Bowman Inc. donating the trucks, trailers and drivers, and PSI, Maryland Metals Inc., City Electric Supply, Rental Unlimited, Sunnyway Foods and the Waynesboro Country Club all assisting with volunteers, forklifts and skid-steers, packing materials, and/or collection points. The local community responded as well, packing pickup trucks, vans and SUVs full of donations for the Scouting units to then transport into the Bowman Business Park in Williamsport on Saturday.

“This is one of the best days of my Scouting career,” remarked Rob Stone as the outpouring of donations at the Bowman Business Park quickly filled a 53-foot trailer before noon, with a second one filled by 5 p.m. “I am truly proud to be a Scout executive of a council like the Mason-Dixon where we are putting the real message behind Scouting to work.”

“If anyone would still like to help out those affected by Hurricane Harvey, our relief effort is continuing,” Stone remarked. In fact there were so many donations on Saturday that a third trailer to be sent down in the following weeks with more supplies is already starting to fill up. A listing of needed items throughout the coming weeks can be found on the Mason-Dixon Council’s Web site mdcscouting.org, and will be updated as the council continues to work with its partners in Texas.

The Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America, delivers the Scouting program to more than 2,100 youths and their families in Washington County, Md., and Fulton and Franklin counties, with the assistance of nearly 900 registered adult members and 60 chartered organizations. For more information on Scouting and how you can either join Scouts or help support the program visit mdcscouting.org.

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