|Boys ‘adopt’ Callaway, Ferrum schools|
Cub Scouts from Ferrum Elementary are shown, above, with non-perishable food items collected in a recent food drive.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Heavenly Manna Food Bank in Rocky Mount has received over 623 pounds of donated food, thanks to the efforts of local Cub Scouts.
Cub Scout Pack 369, chartered by the Callaway Ruritan Club, adopted both Callaway and Ferrum elementary schools as part of the Boy Scouts of America Adopt-a-School Program. Scouts in the pack attend both elementary schools.
Organizing a friendly competition between the two schools, pack leaders challenged the Scouts to see which school could collect the most non-perishable food items for donation to Heavenly Manna.
"We were looking for a project that would best benefit this unique partnership of organizations," said Cubmaster Terry Bridges.
Though Ferrum Elementary won the competition, the big winner was Heavenly Manna, who received the donation during what is usually a down time in donations.
Each month, Heavenly Manna serves over 600 Franklin County families with donations typically slowing down after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Prior to delivering the food, the boys met to sort the items, which is a job normally performed by a volunteer at the food pantry, Bridges said.
"Pack 369 and the Ruritans thank both schools and their students and faculty for supporting us as we helped our community," he added.