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2004 National Call to Service
by the Boy Scouts of America
Scatacook Helping the Hungry
Deposit Can & Bottle Drive
Cub Packs and Scout Troops Can help Habitat for Humanity raise funds for Hurricane Katrina Relief and Rebuilding
February 15, 2006
Congratulations to Troop 9, Danbury
Whose Scouts Raised $2,433 on March 11 & 12
January 12, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information:
HHfH Office, 203-744-1340
Chris Goodrich, Press Officer, 203-740-1789
Housatonic Habitat Teams with
Usually, it's my dad who writes these press releases, but since this is a project I thought Boy Scouts could get involved in, we thought maybe I should write it. Every week, as a Scout in Brookfield's Troop 135, I pledge to be "trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent"...and by helping people made homeless by Hurricane Katrina, I can be helpful, friendly, and kind! At least!
The Danbury Habitat affiliate is planning to send a group of volunteers to Biloxi, Mississippi, in February or March, so I asked my dad what the people there needed. "Building materials," he said...which made me remember when I was maybe eight years old (now I'm 12), and signed some 2x4's for Habitat at Home Depot. It was a fund-raiser: for $10 people could sign lumber that went into a Habitat house -- and a few weeks later, I saw my name in the actual house, on Rowan Street in Danbury!
That was cool -- what you wrote being in a Habitat house forever! So I thought we could raise money for Biloxi Habitat homes, doing the same thing. My dad said that was a great idea, and that maybe we could get a *lot* of Scouts involved. So he approached the whole Scatacook District of Scouts (Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, Newtown, New Fairfield, Sherman, Bethel, Brookfield), and they thought it was a great idea, too. The leaders signed a piece of lumber at their January meeting, and my dad says he'll drive it down himself, if it's the only lumber we get!!!! But we're hoping someone will lend us a pick-up truck, or maybe even give us one, which would be even better!
Anyway, what we're doing is holding lumber-signings in February in local churches and businesses, and (we hope) in stores with big parking lots, like Home Depot and at the Mall. And we'll probably have extra lumber at the local Habitat building sites, too (on Golden Hill Road and Town Hill Road, in Danbury, where volunteers work on Thursday and Saturday). So I hope a lot of people will come by and sign some lumber!
We also have a
and I'm putting together a Power Point presentation, too. And maybe we
can ask people to buy 2x4s on their own, and take them to their
businesses, and schools, and clubs, and raise money that way! If we
raise $50,000, people here can say they built an entire house in Biloxi!
Yeah, I helped
a bit with this release...but he really *is* excited about this project,
and with actually *doing* something about Katrina ! I hope not to
disappoint him! This could be a Brookfield
story, or a Danbury-wide story -- the Scout leaders seem very
enthusiastic about taking this idea "big"!! I can give you names...]]
Habitat is currently working on its 14th house in the
Danbury area. The national organization, Habitat for Humanity
International, completed its 200,000th house in August 2005.
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