Parents of the Fayette County Cub Scouts pack 5112 are organizing a community yard sale to benefit the Cub Scouts.
Mikki Lehr, of Bloomingburg, is the assistant Cubmaster of pack 5112 and said the yard sale will benefit the 36 boys in the pack in first through fifth grades.
“Parents from the Cub Scout troop would like to throw a yard sale. All of the money would go to pack 5112. All of the remaining unsold items will go to The Well,” said Lehr.
The Well at Sunnyside is a community resource center that offers food and household items to families in need and is open to receiving donations from members of the community. Lehr said the Cub Scouts themselves will not be involved in the yard sale—only parents—but the Cub Scouts will be involved in taking the remaining items to be donated to The Well at Sunnyside.
“We take anything for a household, pots and pans, things like that,” said Chiquita Nash, director of The Well at Sunnyside’s free store. Nash said people who are in need can come into the free store to shop for items once a week.
Lehr’s son, 11-year-old Stephen Lehr, was a Cub Scout in pack 5112 for five years. He just crossed over to the Boy Scouts.
“I know a lot about The Well since we worked there for two Saturdays,” said Stephen. Stephen and other Cub Scouts volunteered as cooks and servers in the kitchen.
“What I saw was people who are in need of food and household items. They [The Well] would give them a breakfast, a snack, lunch, and give them certain things to take home from their pantry (free store). It’s giving people who have not ate in a long time the food they need. I saw some people there saving the food they got because they had not ate,” said Stephen.
Lehr said the money from the yard sale will be used to fund major things for the Cub Scouts throughout the year.
“This is a group of parents trying to find a way to benefit the boys directly: belt loops that recognize rank achievement, awards, crafts, the Rain Gutter Regalia, Pine Wood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, Romp & Stomp Overnight,” said Lehr.
Understanding leadership as a Cub Scout through community participation is on the way to leadership achievement as a Boy Scout, said Lehr.
“Children will understand what they’re exposed to. That’s another aspect of the Cub Scouts—gives them an actual perspective of their community,” said Lehr. “We have to define leadership in Cub Scouts to become leadership in Boy Scouts.”
And Stephen Lehr seems to understand the perspective of the families who go to The Well at Sunnyside.
“People who do not have good jobs or people who don’t have any job need to go there so they can even survive,” said Stephen.
“It’s a huge blessing in our community,” said Lehr.
Lehr said an empty storage unit has been donated to give them a place to put the donations received for the yard sale. Lehr is asking for community members to donate household items for the fundraiser. The parents will be accepting donations now through June 27 at 3 p.m.
Those who are interested in making a donation of household items to the yard sale may contact Mikki Lehr directly by calling or texting (740) 406-8775 or by e-mail at [email protected]
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