In the month of November the 1st Maryhill Beavers learned all about food with activities to introduce the young children to the four basic food groups and the difference between perishable and non-perishable foods.
This month the troop begins its sharing-themed month in time for Christmas. As a bridging activity the leaders of the group asked all 12 Beaver members and five Cubs to bring in non-perishable food items to meetings as part of a food drive for the Woolwich Community Services (WCS).
“We thought we could tie in learning about food and sharing by asking the kids and their families to canvas their cupboards and bring in items for the food bank,” said Janet Cox, co-leader of the 1st Maryhill Beavers.
Taking the challenge to heart, the children went beyond what the leaders expected to see from them and brought in 202 items to fill seven cardboard boxes.
“The kids completely rose to the challenge. We pictured them coming in with a can of tuna and box of Kraft Dinner and instead week after week they were bring in bags and boxes of food,’ said Cox.
At a troop meeting held November 26 at Breslau Public School, WCS executive director Don Harloff was a special guest as the children presented him with their collection of food.
“There are some people in the community that don’t have supper because they don’t have food in their house because they don’t have the money to go out and buy food. That could be because they were sick or had other difficulties in their lives,” said Harloff as he explained to the children the need for a food bank.
“You have all collected this food I am going to make sure that all this food goes to people in this community that don’t have food so they can eat,” he told them. “It is an amazing amount of food collected by such a small group.”
The shelves at the WCS are still well stocked from the Thanksgiving Day food drive, said Harloff but it doesn’t hurt to have more.
“The food we have should last us through until Christmas. I think we will be looking for food in February and March, that is when the shelves usually start to become bare,” he said.
Along with the Scouting food drive, the Kiwanis Club of Elmira held their annual door-to-door food drive which also helped to replenish any food that was used over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“From what I understand the door-to-door food drive was quite successful again this year,” said Harloff.
For their part, the Elmira Sugar Kings held a hats and mitten toss at last week’s game against the Brampton Bombers, with all the donations going to WCS. The hat and mitt toss replaced the annual teddy bear toss.
“That was an unbelievable event and we received so much from the community. It was such a great idea changing the teddy bear toss into the hats and mittens toss. Teddy bears are wonderful, don’t get me wrong everybody loves a teddy bear, but when it’s cold you can’t wear a teddy bear. It was a tremendous effort put on by everyone involved,” said Harloff.
The WCS is still looking for toys and anyone interested in donating a new toy has until December 14 to drop them off.
After that date the WCS will be busy working to put together 180 hampers for those in need for the Christmas holiday.