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More than 120 Boy Scouts and leaders from eight troops and packs in Clover and Lake Wylie gathered bags of donations left on porches, in driveways and next to mailboxes during the Nov. 10 annual Scouting for Food Drive held throughout York County.
The Scouts began to pick up food at 7 a.m. with the first deliveries arriving at Clover Area Assistance Center by 10 a.m.
Trucks, vans and trailers full of food arrived throughout the day, dropping off anywhere from 500 to 3,000 pounds of food, toiletries and paper products at one time.
Together, Boy Scouts and CAAC volunteers worked in assembly-line fashion to unload the bags and boxes of food, weigh each bag, and sorting the items.
About 30 adult and youth volunteers from River Hills Community Church, All Saints Catholic Church, HOSA and community members worked until 5 p.m.
Then 15 volunteers – including Boy Scouts Greyson Floyd, Carter Floyd and Steven Tallmedge, and the Watt family of Paul, Paula, Riley and Lauren – returned Nov. 11, and dedicated another six hours to sorting and stocking food. Youth also sorted and packed bags of Thanksgiving items handed out with turkeys being given to CAAC clients. Local Boy Scout Packs 38, 128, 333, 237 and Troops 37, 38, 333 and 365, along with Girl Scout Troop 268, collected and donated a total of 10,782 pounds of food, equaling more than 16,000 items.
CAAC anticipates that all food donations will be depleted before the middle of January.
Troop 365 will continue to pick-up and deliver hundreds of Feeding America food boxes purchased by community residents from the Food Lion in Clover throughout the rest of November and December.
Feeding America Food Boxes are available for purchase at Food Lion for $5 each. All boxes are donated to Clover Area Assistance Center.