Dexter Cub Scouts Do Their Part to Help Local Food Pantry

By Lonnie Huhman

Just before Thanksgiving, Dexter’s Cub Scout Pack 477 demonstrated one of its main beliefs, and that’s helping others.

They did this through their “dinner in a bag” project.

The scout pack gathered at Wylie Elementary School on Nov. 20, to put together over 80 bags filled with food items to be given to the local food pantry, Faith In Action.

Sarah Shugart, assistant director at Faith In Action, thanked the scouts and their families for their help. She said the bags of food, which had items such as pasta, sauce and canned vegetables, will help families in need in the Dexter and Chelsea communities.

Shugart said the bags will be shared with the families now and through Christmas. She said donations such as these go a long way in helping FIA, which has become the largest emergency service provider in western Washtenaw County.

“Again, I just wanted to thank the scouts for thinking of the families that we serve here in our community and for putting together such a fun project. We really appreciate it,” Shugart said. “When we all do a little bit we can really help a lot, so thanks.

In motivating the scouts, Cub master Andy Reiser said, “Remember, the measure of greatness is not what you have, but what you give.”

The pack is for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grades.

The scouts put their full effort and energy into the project. It started with them decorating the bags and writing a personal message to the families. From there, they lined up and filled the bags full of food. The food was purchased, in part, through the scouts’ families giving donations.

Tristan and Andrew McFarland, while holding their bags, both said they felt good in helping the families FIA serves.

Scout Jason Biggs, 10, said he thinks it’s really good what they were doing and they should do it more. He said helping people who need some help is important and being kind to others is a scout belief.

“It always nice to share with others,” he said.

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