Scouts hold canned food drive during parade
Cub Scout Pack 470 (Christ Our King Stella Maris School) collects can food every year during the Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade. The scouts collect food donations for the needs of the local community. Look for them to be rolling shopping carts down the side of the road with the group’s float collecting canned and dry goods from spectators who wish to make a donation.
The idea started after seeing the scouts collect nearly a full truck load of food in the 2008 Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. The local group recognized that although the Mount Pleasant community is much smaller, is has some of the kindest and most generous citizens anywhere. And there are also have plenty of people in need, especially at that time as the recession was causing an increased need for assistance.
The idea was brought to Mount Pleasant through the collective efforts of Cub Scout Pack 470, sponsored by Christ Our King Church, with Bi-Lo as the effort’s primary sponsor. Bi-Lo donated 20 decorated grocery carts for the scouts to collect food along the parade route. All donations go directly to East Cooper Meals on Wheels and East Cooper Community Outreach to directly benefit the less fortunate in our community.
This year will be the fifth consecutive Scouting for Food drive at the parade. The group collected about 1,000 pounds of food in the first drive. The effort grew in the second year with Cub Scout packs 20, 502, 505 and other groups joining in the effort. Total donations collected are well over 7,000 pounds in last four years.
The community support by individuals, local grocery stores, the Town of Mount Pleasant, TV and newspapers, has been fantastic.
For those attending the parade, please bring any of these items for the scouts to collect:
• canned goods
• dry goods
• cleaning products
• hygiene products