The Boy Scouts of Troop 99 and Quapaw Area Council will host a statewide collection center for Moore, Oklahoma tornado recovery at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th.
Specific items will be collected from 8:00am-8:00pm Thursday; 8:00am-5:00pm Friday.
The Scouts have invited American Red Cross in Arkansas to join them to accept financial donations during the collection drive. “The Red Cross is on the front lines of the disaster and know the needs in the ground of both the rescuers and those impacted by the storm,” stated Jim Whitmore, Troop 99 Assistant Scout Master. “This is a boy led project and taking care of money and getting it to the right place is not what boys in a troop are best at.”
According to Jim, knowing that Red Cross knows where the money is needed and can leverage it made sense. “The boys wanted to make sure that their efforts were maximized for the greatest good.
For Jim and the scouts, partnering with the Red Cross just made sense. ‘We realize the Red Cross does not accept individual donations of materials, and we wanted to help with the organizations’ need for financial support.”
It was the scout’s idea to do a collection drive. “It’s what scouts do. It’s part of our oath to help other people at all times,” stated Jim. “When one of our 12 year old scouts was watching the live coverage coming out of Oklahoma, he got on the phone and called his friends and they all agreed.” As adult leaders, Jim said they provided the support to get the ball rolling.
The scouts ask only for the supplies that have been specified as needed by officials involved with the Oklahoma relief efforts. The public is asked to drop them off at War Memorial Stadium 8:00am-8:00pm Thursday, May 23 and 8:00am-5:00pm, Friday, May 24th.
Only the following items are being requested to assist with recovery efforts:
“In addition to the items needed for recovery efforts, we are aware of at least 15 scout families who lost everything,” stated Jim. “We would like to get them re-stocked to continue scouting as soon as possible with gift cards, Boy Scout uniforms and new or gently used camping gear.”
Boy Scouts and other youth groups will be on hand to accept sort and package these items that will be shipped Saturday morning to an approved receiving center for distribution.
The American Red Cross is unable to accept material donations. Volunteers will be at the drive to accept financial donations.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.
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