The Boy Scouts distributed grocery bags across town this week as part of the annual Scouting for Food initiative.
You may have noticed an empty plastic bag hanging from your front door or mailbox this week. It's part of the annual "Scouting for Food" initiative from the Boy Scouts of America; the scouts will pick up the filled bags of food beginning Saturday morning in St. Clair Shores. Here's what you need to know — and how you can help if you didn't happen to get a bag.
One Grosse Pointe family makes charity a holiday tradition and learns how good giving is for the heart. The food drive involves the entire family, brothers and sisters along with all of their children. It benefits St. Joan of Arc and St. Vincent de Paul.
While most of us were shopping, picking out the Christmas tree, decorating the house, attending holiday parties, that sort of seasonal thing, three generations of one Grosse Pointe family spent weekend time fanning out to more than 1,000 homes in Grosse Pointe Shores, asking for food for families in need. This large, close-knit family which has combined their numbers with charity was also doing the usual holiday things and at the same time organizing a food drive for people who are thinking more about their next meal than what will be under the tree. They were strangers asking strangers in a note stapled to a grocery bag to take that bag and fill it with whatever they could from their pantry and then leave it to be picked up. They hit 1,…
Homeowners should leave nonperishable food donations on their doorsteps by 9 a.m. Saturday.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Jenny Whalen
Thursday, November 10, 2011
From first grade Tiger Cubs to 17-year-old Eagle Scouts, boy scouts of all ages will visit local neighborhoods this Saturday to collect donations for the annual Scouting for Food campaign. Collecting almost 400,000 pounds of food last year, the 2010 drive was the most successful Scouting for Food program in the history of scouting in Southeast Michigan. Last Saturday, local troops left thousands of plastic collection bags on the doorsteps of homes throughout Macomb Township. On Nov. 12, scouts will return to collect the bags. Donations will benefit Gleaners Food Bank. Homeowners should put donation bags on their doorsteps by 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.