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It has been a long time since most of us have lost power for several days, but do you remember the last time that the electricity went out at your home? Was it during the winter? And if it was, do you remember if the outside nighttime temperatures were below freezing? Remember what all you had to do just to have a “warm, good night’s sleep inside of your home?” Just try to imagine how hard it would be to try to keep warm outside inside just a cardboard box.

If you are able to take your imagination down that path then you just might be able to relate to what some Boy Scouts will be doing this weekend for 24 hours to help collect food for the King Outreach Ministry Food Pantry.

For the second year in a row, the Boy Scout Troop 450 stationed at Trinity United Methodist Church, 725 Dalton Road, will be camping out on the church lawn to raise awareness of the need for food donations this winter.

And just like last year, they will not be camping in tents. According to Scout Leader Donald Lankford, these young men will be building and sleeping in a “Cardboard City” for their 24-hour outdoors adventure.

Lankford said, “Last year’s event was so successful, the young men wanted to do it again. They raised and collected enough donations/cans that the total amount equaled just over 6,000 cans for King Outreach Ministry Food Pantry. Last year, they camped out Friday and Saturday night, however this year we are limited to a 24-hour period that begins at 5 p.m. this Friday night so we have set our goal at 4,000 cans.”

The troops in the region usually help to collect food by participating in the Scouting for Food Bag Drive. But like last year, the young men wanted to continue to increase their awareness of the need and dependence on the generosity of friends and neighbors.

Lankford and the troop want to ask the community to help them reach their goal of collecting 4,000 cans before they can go home. Lankford added that the community can help these young men reach their goal by driving by their “Cardboard City” and dropping the cans and/or monetary donations off to the scouts. “When their goal is reached, then they can go home,” Lankford added with a smile and a wink. He also stated that the monetary donations will purchase eight cans of food for each dollar donated.

“If you didn’t hear it from the any of the Scouts last year, please let me say right now, thanks to all of you that contributed to last year’s success. We couldn’t have done it without you,” Lankford concluded.

The 24-hour event will begin this Friday, February 1st at 5 p.m. and conclude on Saturday at 5 p.m. So come on out this weekend with your “Cans or Cash” to help 25 or more young men reach their goal of 4,000 cans collected for the KOM Food Pantry.

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