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Boy Scouts unite in fight against hunger

Fundraiser — On Dec. 7, boy scouts will go door-to-door asking for canned food donations


With shelves empty at food pantries local youth have chosen to do their best in achieving this year’s goal for Eagle Valley District (Yamhill County) — collecting 17,000 pounds of canned foods.

On Dec. 7, youth from across the country unite for a single cause, to fight the battle against hunger. They will go door to door asking for donations of canned food to help them in their quest to help those in need.

Aaron Clifton, a 16-year-old Boy Scout from Troop 266 and Venture crew 295, knows all too well the impact that this event has on the community. In 2011, he with the help of an adult, produced a short video that describes his personal story about food boxes and the impact it had on him and others.

“This annual event allows everyone in the community an opportunity to show how much we care for our neighbors. The youth throughout Yamhill County demonstrate their commitment to community service,” Clifton said

This video inspired others to give generously. He talked to schools about the importance of youth getting involved in helping their communities by hosting food drives, participating in events like scouting for food drives.

“Kids can make a tremendous difference if given the opportunity,” he said.

This video touched the hearts of those at the Cascade Pacific Council so much that they submitted his story and nominated him to the BSA National Office. Clifton then was selected along with seven others from across the nation to represent The Boy Scouts of America in Washington, D.C. to present the Report to the Nation — an account of the 2012 accomplishments of scouting — to Congress, the pentagon, as well as meeting many government officials. He was able to further his cause for fighting hunger.

“The people of Yamhill County display their generosity. These youth come together to help battle hunger in our community,” Clifton said. “Scouting for Food involves youth from around the country. Many youth organizations help with this event. The Girl Scouts of America, The American Heritage Girls, Church Youth Groups, and The Boy Scouts of America, which includes Cub Scouts, ages 6-10, Boy Scouts, ages 11-18, Venturing, ages 14-21, and many adults.”

This annual event brings in donations that go directly to local food pantries in the towns that the food was collected in. In the last five years, those youth have gathered more than 75,000 pounds of food by going door-to-door collecting food.

Food can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at local drop sites. Newberg’s drop site will be located at 125-A S. Elliott Road.

There is still plenty of time to sign up for an area or help the day of, weighing or sorting food. For more information on how you can help or donate food, contact Ginger Clifton by calling 503-560-0888 or by emailing her at gingerbread This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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