Cub Scout collecting items for local homeless veterans

One of the drop off boxes for the collection. Locations to drop items off are The Hamburg Area Item, Dietrich's Men's Shop and Zion Blue Mt. UCC in Strausstown.
One of the drop off boxes for the collection. Locations to drop items off are The Hamburg Area Item, Dietrich's Men's Shop and Zion Blue Mt. UCC in Strausstown.

Currently working on his Citizen Merit badge, Colby Varner of Cub Pack 144 is collecting items in new or good condition for homeless veterans.

A collection first started within the pack and with family and friends according to Holly Varner, of Cub Pack 144. It began when the pack was in contact with a man and his wife who go out daily to places where veterans spend time or to campsites they have set up to bring them items they need. The couple brings personal items and food and the wife provides very basic medical needs for homeless veterans.

When it came time for Colby to begin working on a Citizen Merit badge, with one of the requirements being a service project, he decided to expand the pack service project and open it to the public. He hopes to collect even more items for the veterans this way.

Colby is collecting new items or used items in good, clean condition, in both menís and womenís clothing in any size.

Items:

-Coats

-Warm clothes

-Underarmour/long underwear

-Thick socks

-Boots

-Hats, gloves, scarves

-Tents

-Sleeping bags

-Blankets

-First Aid kits/basic medical supplies

-Ready to eat food and single serve snacks

As well as any items you can think of.

Collection boxes are set up at The Hamburg Area Item, Dietrichís Menís Shop and Zion Blue Mt. UCC in Strausstown. The boxes will be out until Jan. 26 and the items will be picked up on Jan. 27.

About the Author

Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.

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