On Veterans Day November 11, 2017 four scouts and parents volunteered in service hours at the Anchorage VA clinic for a Veterans Day run.. It was an extremely chilly day but all scouts and parents had a great time handing out drinks and goodies to all participants after the run. It’s great helping others at all times!
On May 29th, 2016, the Scouts from Troop 219, met at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery located on Joint Base Elmendorf/Richardson. About 30 Scouts and 10 Adults participated in this service project where we placed American Flags approx. 6 inches in front of fallen servicemen’s Grave stones.
Our Troop was given 2 areas to place flags. We finished our allotted areas quickly, so we decided to place flags on additional sections of graves.
One of the boys in our Troop showed us where his father and grandfather were buried. A first year scout named Nick often visits his father’s grave site in this cemetery. It reminded us why we should not take our families for granted. The total time spent on this service project was approx. 1 ½ hours.
Approximately 18 scouts and seven adults worked two hour shifts at Fred Meyers on Saturday, April 16th, gathering food for the Alaska Food Bank. From 10 am to 4 pm, the scouts of troop 219 stood in front of the entrances of Fred Meyer's encouraging patrons to donate food to the Food Bank of Alaska. In total, we gathered 2,675 pound of food and $889 in cash donations. I thought the highlight of the service project was when one gentleman donated $200, and a lady donated almost an entire grocery cart of food. It is amazing how generous the people of Eagle River are. I feel we learned from this service project that a little help from a needy family goes a long way.
Troop 219 swept the parking lot of Joy Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 10, 2016. To show our appreciation to our host church we sweep the parking lot clean of all gravel and debris every spring. For this service project we had about 30 scouts and 8 adults help with the work. It took about two hours to complete the work, and when we finished, we were given popsicles and ice cream sandwiches for a job well done. From sweeping the parking lot every spring, we have learned that it feels good to give back to those that help you.