GLIDE — About 40 Boy Scouts, Venture scouts and Glide community members filled and delivered boxes of food this weekend for the 33rd annual Boy Scout Troop 112 Glide Food Basket Program.
The donated food and gifts went to serve 213 households within the Glide School District, which stretches from Sunshine Road in Roseburg to Diamond Lake.
Calvin Metz, 15, and Petur Nicholls, 14, both of Glide, were among the Scouts preparing the boxes in the Glide High School Gym and stacking them inside trailers to take to Diamond Lake Friday morning.
“We’re filling up boxes for people during the holidays who don’t have as much,” Metz said. “We’re helping out because it’s good to have a good meal for the holidays.”
“It brightens their day,” Nicholls added.
The two have both helped out with the deliveries for the past few years.
“It’s a great thing to do and it’s a lot of fun,” Metz said. He said he likes to see people’s smiling faces when they receive the food boxes.
“It’s fun when they give you a hug too,” Nicholls said.
Lines of boxes stretched across the gym floor, filled with pancake mix, oatmeal, peanut butter, bananas, carrots, celery and more. Other boxes were full of items like milk, turkey, ham, eggs, cheese and butter. The boxes went to low-income families or individuals and others who aren’t able to leave their houses to shop for themselves due to age or medical reasons.
The 143 children in the households also received gifts through the “giving tree” at Munchies, a restaurant in Glide, where customers could pick out a gift request to fulfill. Financial donations were used to purchase the food and some of the gifts, while local grocery stores, organizations and community members contributed much of the food through a canned food drive.
“We get tons of donated food from the community,” said Dianne Muscarello of Idleyld Park, a member of the steering committee.
“It’s a pretty massive program,” said Nancy Tague, another steering committee member from Idleyld Park.
Scoutmaster Stu Carlson said the scouts have helped raise a total of about $350,000 for the Food Basket Program since he started helping with the troop 19 years ago. This year, they broke an annual record and raised $34,000.
While some of the Scouts and volunteers drove around the Glide area to deliver the supplies Saturday, others stayed in the Glide High School gym to greet the families and individuals who came to pick up their boxes.
All the extra donations not used in the boxes will go toward Helping Hands Pantry in Glide.