Letters to the Editor

August 12, 2014

Boy Scouts collecting shoes from community

Boy Scouts team up with Soles4Souls to conduct a 15 County Community Service Project.

Service to the community is at the very core of the Boy Scouts of America. In honor of National Service Day on Thursday, Sept. 11, the Lewis & Clark Council, Boy Scouts of is hosting a Soles4Souls used shoe drive. Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact of poverty. The organization's mission is to collect shoes from the community to be donated to micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poverty-stricken communities.

In the weeks leading up to the event, Scouts will be reaching out to their friends and neighbors to donate their used shoes. In addition to the Scouts collecting shoes, on Thursday, Sept. 11, a donation site will be set up at the Lewis & Clark Council, Boy Scouts of America, at 335 W. Main Street in Belleville for members of the community to come donate shoes to help this worthy cause.

Our goal is to collect 25,000 pairs of used shoes to be donated while also engaging Scouts and the community in this community service project. This project provides the Scouts with firsthand community service experience and a chance to interact with the community they live in. Teaching youth to give back to their community and importance of community involvement is what the Boy Scouts of America is all about -- building a foundation of leadership and civic responsibility into our youth at a young age.

Travis Briner, Development Director

Lewis & Clark Council, BSA

Belleville

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