Please help support Protectors of Animals (POA), a non-profit, all volunteer, no-kill organization whose mission is to rescue stray, abused and abandoned domestic cats and dogs while promoting spaying and neutering. Their East Hartford shelter is full and has been for some time and they could use your help. Please bring cat, kitten, dog and puppy food, warm cozy blankets, toys and others items to the Pinewood Derby at Nayaug School on 2/12. A complete list of wish items can be found at http://www.poainc.org/HowtoHelp/DonationInformation/tabid/103/Default.aspx. Thank you!!
Please review the below and attached information and forward to all members in your den prior to Wednesday's pack meeting, October 20th.
Food Drive Overview: Pack 180 distributes shopping bags with flyers to homes in the Hopewell School District on Saturday, November 6th between 9am and noon requesting food donations. Donations are picked up on Saturday, November 13th between noon and 3pm and brought to a centralized drop-off location. The food will then be delivered to Hands on Hartford on/around Monday November 15th.
Why Scouting for Food?
The Hands on Hartford MANNA Backpack Program is one of the most needed and most expensive food programs to support. A synopsis is below, but please review and share the attached brochure with your scout on the need of this program and the significant impact of your scouts' efforts.
The children we serve receive breakfast and lunch at school but go hungry on the weekends. As the rest of us enter the weekend looking forward to rest and relaxation – maybe going out to a nice dinner – these children face the anxiety and despair of knowing there will not be enough to eat.
The Weekend Backpack Program was started in 2006 and now distributes backpacks with food to approximately 100 children a week. Children receive a backpack containing 3 - 4 pounds of food each Friday afternoon. They return the backpacks on Monday morning to be cleaned and re-stocked for the following Friday’s distribution. Backpacks contain a variety of ready-to-eat or easy-to prepare items for snacks and meals.
Bags and flyers will be available at the October 20th pack meeting. We’re estimating 30 bags/houses per scout, or approximately 30 minutes per round. The bags and flyers are grouped in bundles of 30. We have bundles organized by den. Leaders, please distribute 1 bundle to scout, or as needed based on your coverage/distribution approach.
Street assignments by den are below. We’ve attempted to cluster streets together by location and by scout address and have eliminated non-walking streets. (Note this was not always possible.) Den leaders may wish to assign streets to each scout or coordinate as a group or form several small groups--it’s up to you. Just please make sure each scout has the correct number of bags to cover any assignments he is given.
Suggestion: Write your scout’s name(s) on the flyer for personalization. (e.g. Zachary from Den 8 will pick up your donation).
There are some streets that are ‘unassigned’ based on safe walk-ability. If you live on or near one of these streets and your scout has extra bags, please feel free to distribute them. The main streets are: Chestnut Hill, Conestoga, Copley Plaza, Country Club Road, Manchester Road, Mott Hill, and New London Turnpike.
Important pick-up note: Please be advised that the pre-printed instructions on the bag provided by the BSA are not in 100% alignment with the flyer. Our flyer instructions state to place the bag at the mailbox (since this is much easier for the scout), but the bag says to place it at their doorstep. If there is no bag at the mailbox, please scan the doorstep to avoid missing any donations. Also, the food items requested are slightly different based on MANNA’s Backpack needs, but all non-perishable, in-date items will be used.
Each den will need 1 or 2 assigned parents as the den coordinator in case there are any missed pick-ups. If there is no one assigned we will reach out to the den leaders. You will be notified by the event coordinators on November 13th if your assistance is needed.
Prior to donation drop-off, please scan your collections and dispose any expired food. Non-expired donations should then be dropped off at: 236 Country Lane, South Glastonbury on Saturday, November 13th between 1pm and 5pm. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If every assigned street is covered, we will reach over 90% of all homes in the Hopewell community. Please make every effort to complete your assigned streets. Hungry children are counting on us!
Thank you for participating in one of the Pack’s biggest Good Turns!