The Scouts, among others, gathered a total of 10,720 pounds of food for OOA’s food pantries in Rogersville and Church Hill, a major increase from the 7,400 pounds gathered by the Scouts last year.
Upon hearing the news, OOA Director Sheldon Livesay said only one word came to mind.
“We were really in crisis mode (last month) because we didn’t know if we were going to be able to meet our regular demand for food, much less the Christmas boxes,” Livesay said. “The demand on emergency food shelters is always greater in the winter months, especially around Christmas. After the article came out in the Times-News, we had some local businesses and private individuals stepped up with much needed donations.
“The Scouts just really put us over the top. I can’t say enough about their effort and how much it means to our program and the community.”
In the Rogersville area, Scouts gathered a total of 5,120 pounds.
Troop 100 had 2,280 pounds, Pack 100 had 1,710 pounds, and Troop 199 had 1,095 pounds.
Church Hill area Scouts and others gathered 5,600 pounds.
Troop 84 had 2,422 pounds, Pack 84 had 1,308 pounds and the Volunteer High School basketball players and cheerleaders gathered 1,870 pounds.
Another $3,590 was donated by businesses and individuals toward the OOA food pantries, and multiple food drives have been conducted by various businesses and civic organizations. Totals from those efforts aren’t in yet.
“Thanks to all the Scouting leaders and thanks to all the Scouts,” Livesay said. “Thanks to the Rogersville community. This was a total community effort and will be used toward Christmas food needs through the local Of One Accord food pantry.”