Cub Scout Pack 25 conducts food drive

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of Cub Scout Pack 25 helped unload donations to their food drive to benefit Operation Blessing at the Canfield United Methodist Church on Dec. 15.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Members of Cub Scout Pack 25 collected donations for their first food drive to benefit Operation Blessing at the Canfield United Methodist Church.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield’s Cub Scout Pack 25 conducted a food drive to benefit the Canfield Operation Blessing this Christmas season.

The Cub Scout Pack, under Cub Master Jason Henry, collected food three different ways to reach out to the community, with the culmination of the food drive at Canfield United Methodist Church on Dec. 15. The scouts began the week of Nov. 27, by distributing paper bags to their neighbors, families and friends and picked up the bags by Dec. 14. The scouts also asked the congregation of Canfield United Methodist Church to bring a donation to church services on Dec. 9. They also distributed flyers at Hilltop Elementary School asking anyone who can help to bring their food donations to the church on Dec. 15.

“This is the first time we have done a food drive and we wanted to teach the cubs how to do one. We did the food drive in bits and pieces to show the cubs how easy it is. We wanted to teach them that all the little things they do can add up and make a big difference. They are little, so they don’t realize how they can make a big difference. I think this food drive has taught them they can,” said Shannan Jursa.

Canfield’s Operation Blessing’s mission is to make sure that food is available for one to two weeks at the end of the month for those who qualify and to be a listening ear for many who live alone or who just need to have a friendly person offer them comfort. They are a non-government funded food pantry distributing food to Mahoning County families or individuals the third Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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