Cub Scouts from Pack 62 of Junction City took time out of their Saturday this weekend to help less fortunate community members by holding a supply drive for the Open Door homeless shelter and the Geary County Food Pantry.
The children and their Scout leaders, including Howard Freward, stood outside the Walmart Supercenter and Walmart Neighborhood Market for several hours Saturday. They handed out lists of needed supplies and encouraging shoppers to pick some of them up to donate in addition to their regular shopping.
Freward’s group, which was stationed outside the Walmart Supercenter, had a large box of donations accumulated already by 3 p.m., with shoppers still bringing them bags of goods. The donations were dropped off at 5 p.m., he said.
“I set up a food drive with the Cub Scouts to get them out in the community to try and help out a little bit,” Freward said. “This is all going to the Open Door at 5 (p.m.) tonight when we’re done.”
With him were Cub Scouts Tyler Nicholson and Bryton Naccarato.
“A lot of people are giving,” Naccarato said.
“We have two boxes full,” Nicholson said.
Both boys said they enjoyed the chance to assist others.
Service projects are a familiar activity for the boys. They recalled taking part in an excursion to pick up litter off the streets in the community and helping to set up flags in Coronado Park.
“We get to help other people and other people help us do that,” Nicholson said.