Sparta Boy Scout Troop 150 helps 120 people in need

Annual Adopt-a-Family Program exceeds goals


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  • Scouts from Sparta Troop 150 prepare to purchase gifts for families in need.




  • Troop 150 at their annual Adopt-a-Family night.




  • Scouts of Sparta Troop 150 load up the troop trailer with gifts for families in need.



For the past 10 years the 70 boy scouts of Sparta Troop 150 ran the Adopt-a-Family program to buy gifts for families in need at Christmas-time. Their goal this year was to raise $5,000 to help 90 people but they exceeded that goal by raising close to $7,000 and buying needed gifts for 120 people. The families that were helped were located through The Sparta United Methodist Church and St. Kateri Church.

On Monday, Dec. 16 the scouts from Sparta Troop 150 did the shopping for the adopt-a-family program at the Franklin Wal-Mart. The Troop also purchased additional hats, gloves, socks, scarves, pants and shirts that will be distributed to additional families in need of warm clothes. They also bought 1,187 food items which were donated to the County Food Bank.

Before the event, each scout in Troop 150 earned at least $15 which was donated to the fund.

“The scout can not simply ask their parents for the money, but must demonstrate that they did a chore, helped a neighbor, or did some other activity for which they earned the funds,” explains Scoutmaster Joe Fucito. “This is one of the highlights of our scouting year.”

In addition to money earned directly from the scouts, there were more than 44 other donations from local businesses and other individuals.

“It was great to help people out during the holiday season,” said Paul Williams, a member of Troop 150.

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