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From barn raising's to soup kitchens, ordinary Americans have always made an extraordinary difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their communities by lending a helping hand. Today, America needs the service of its citizens more than ever. Hunger, lack of adequate shelter, poor health—these are issues that affect all of us. The Boy Scouts of America believes that we can do something about these issues—if we work together. That's why we've created Good Turn for America. Good Turn for America is a collaboration with The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, and thousands of other community organizations that focuses the power of volunteerism on these important community issues.
Meeting the substantial needs of every community is dependent on its citizens to answer the call of volunteerism. There is a natural fit between the Boy Scouts of America and other community organizations. Service learning is an integral part of the Scouting program. As a result, youth and adults seek opportunities to volunteer. Community organizations need volunteers to help them fulfill their missions. Working with these organizations creates a win/win situation for everyone.
Tom Jaeger, the 2012 Northwest Bergen County (Ramapo Valley District) Scouting for Food chairman reports, "Millions of Americans, including over four million children, go hungry at some time every month. There are more hungry people in America today than at any other time in the past 20 years (13 million people go to bed hungry each night) . Our 24th annual Scouting For Food drive will make a difference to less fortunate families in Northwest Bergen County during the Spring and Summer seasons."
Boy and Cub Scouts will canvas your town roads and village streets in the towns of Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Midland Park, Oakland, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Upper Saddle River,Waldwick, and Wyckoff on Saturday, March 31, 2012 and pick up your donation of nonperishable food. Please place a grocery bag at your front door by 9 a.m. and it will be picked up by a Scout. If for some reason no one picks up your bag(s), please deliver your food donation to a local church, or call (201) 667-1000 ext. 41 to arrange a pickup. Please donate nonperishable food items only! Ramapo Valley Boy Scouts will be collecting canned meat, canned soups, canned or powdered milk, packaged dry pastas, canned fish, canned fruits, canned pasta and chili, peanut butter, canned stew, canned vegetables, toiletries, paper goods, packaged dry cereals and packaged dried soups. Please do not donate perishable items, such as frozen or fresh meats, fresh fruits or vegetables, dairy products or anything packaged in glass. "Please help to celebrate over 90 years of scouting in Ramapo Valley. Be a 'Good Scout' and do a 'Good Turn' to help the New Jersey Coalition for Food Action in Mahwah, Social Services in Ridgewood and this worthwhile Boy Scout service project," added Jaeger.