Every year at this time, on consecutive Saturday mornings, Hillsboro streets come alive with energetic youngsters who obviously are on an important mission.
The youngsters are Scouts from Pack 83 and the mission, "Scouting for Food," is designed to resupply the shelves of our local food pantry at the Good Samaritan Thrift Store.
On the first Saturday of March, the Scouts swing into action throughout the city with the task of leaving a pickup bag on every outside front door knob they can find. If you found that bag, you also found a note explaining how the residents of the home can help others less fortunate.
All it takes is a few extra minutes to fill the bag with some non-perishable food in the house that can be donated to folks at the food pantry in the weeks ahead.
Suggested items include, but are not limited to, canned goods, peanut butter, jelly or jam, boxed items such as pasta, canned soup or stews, canned fruits or vegetables, and personal care things.
After the bag, or any substitute bag, is filled, just leave it at the front door on Saturday morning, March 9th, before 9 a.m. That enthusiastic group of Scouts will once again mysteriously appear to pick it up.
If for some unusual reason a donation is overlooked, contributors are asked to bring it directly to the Good Samaritan Thrift Store that is located at 128 Mill Street in downtown Hillsboro.
From your doorstep on Saturday morning, the donations will be taken to the local Public Library where they are sorted and counted before being delivered to the Hillsboro Food Pantry for distribution in the weeks ahead.
Board members and volunteer helpers at the Good Samaritan have often spoken about the importance of this yearly Scouting food drive and a similar one by the Hillsboro Postal Carriers. It really helps alleviate shortages at the food pantry.
The annual Scouting for Food drive is sanctioned by the Gateway Area Boy Scout Council.
If you have a boy who is interested in joining the Hillsboro Scouting Program and enjoying all the adventure and fun, please call Scoutmasters Jim Fuchs (489-3355) or Tom Stowell (489-2226) for more information.