Special Delivery: Boy Scouts, volunteers, letter carriers band together for food drive

HARLINGEN — The Scouts rushed toward another mail truck which had just arrived.

The mail carrier handed the Scouts plastic bags full of pinto beans, chicken noodle soup, cereal, pizza sauce and a wide variety of other foods. They had been donated yesterday by postal customers for the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Mail carriers were picking up donations while on their routes and bringing them back to the U.S. Post Office at 1502 New Combes Hwy.

Several Scouts from Troop 1701 placed the bags in white plastic postal service boxes on a flatbed trailer.

“I am always ready to help out the community and help the poor,” said Kevin Hall, 14, a first class Scout.

“It’s a great opportunity to really contribute,” Kevin said. “That’s what scouting is all about.”

Some Scouts were earning community service hours in order to advance. Kevin, however, didn’t need any service hours.

“I am here because I want to help,” he said.

The event was a good experience for the Scouts, said Bob Strohfield, special programs organizer and volunteer for the food pantry.

“It’s going to build character,” said Strohfield, 85. “It’s an activity that helps other people, and you see the results of what you do.”

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