The Boy Scouts of America state that their purpose is “…to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.” Cub Scout Pack 295 demonstrated these values in a beautiful way when they collected over 60 winter coats for homeless people in our area!
The pack, which meets at the Old Bridge United Methodist Church in Lake Ridge, organized the coat drive, collected the coats, and brought them to StreetLight Community Outreach Ministry for distribution to people who are facing freezing nights alone in the woods.
Billy, a friend of mine whose tent is pitched in a wooded area between busy shopping centers, tells me that without the type of kindness in action that Pack 295 demonstrated, many people would not be able to survive the winter. We simply do not know how much the simplest acts of compassion impact the lives of those who are needy.
As a follower of Jesus, I can’t help but think of His words from Matthew 25: “I needed clothes and you clothed me…whatever you did for the least of these you did for Me.” It seems to me that the efforts of Pack 295 reflected not only the responsibilities of participating citizenship in our community, but the privilege of participation in a greater kingdom as well.
Thank you Pack 295, well done. May God bless you.