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Cub, Boy Scouts begin food and clothing drive today

by Rosemarie Middendorf

Valley residents may share in the “Joy of Christmas” by participating in the 12th annual Scouting for Food Drive today through Nov. 13.

Carson Valley Cub Packs will work side by side with the Boy Scouts this year to collect new or used clothing (in good condition, please). The collections will be held simultaneously so it will be more convenient for all.

Today, Scouts will deliver 15,000 door hangers and the Cubs will distribute fliers and 15,000 bags in which to place the clothing.

This year is a special opportunity for the youngsters who will participate in a Boy Scout effort commemorating the 75th anniversary of Boy Scouting in Nevada. Each youngster will work toward the goal of 7-1/2 hours volunteer community service.

Residents are asked to provide non-perishable and/or paper items. Among the suggested food and paper goods are canned soups, vegetables, fruits, meats, puddings, milk and juices. Boxed cake mixes, pie shells, noodles, beans, rice, spaghetti, puddings, coffee, tea, cereals and Jell-O are also welcome. Paper towels, napkins, Kleenex, toilet tissue, diapers, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body soap, hair brushes, combs and dish and laundry soaps are all needed. There is no end to the list.

The Scouting for Food Drive is a nationwide effort supported by the Nevada Area Council of Boy Scouts Pinenut District, United Way businesses and agencies. Packs and Troops participating in these events are numbers 33, 140, 240, 340, 409, 411 and 495.

Items of clothing requested are winter coats, jackets, sweat suits, boots, hats, scarves, gloves and blankets. All sizes for both children and adults are needed. Please provide winter and wearable clothing only.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, the young men will return to collect contributions. Please place all donations at the front door before 9 a.m. All foods will be donated to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

Clothing items collected will be donated to Project Santa Claus for distribution, along with a variety of other articles at the Douglas County Fairgrounds a few days before Christmas by a team of dedicated volunteers.

The Nevada Highway Patrol will assist the youngsters, as they do each year, by setting up a scale at Lampe Park for weighing the donations.

The food closet, a non-profit organization, manned solely by volunteers, provides food year-round to families who qualify in Douglas County. For information regarding the Scout drives, call 265-3790.