February 20, 2021, by Victor Rivera
Local BSA Councils Come Together to Help Homeless in Need
The devastatingly cold weather North Texas is thawing out from combined with power outages, broken water pipes, limited food inventories at stores, contaminated water which requires boiling, and disruption of food distribution by schools and food banks has left us with a stronger need to pull together.
Luckily, there are everyday heroes among us called Scouts, Scouters (adult volunteers registered with BSA), and servant leaders who always find a way to answer the call. Two local Boy Scouts of America councils, Longhorn Council and Circle Ten Council, have these true heroes in their ranks. As BSA teaches, they were prepared, so they responded to the need to help our homeless population.
A local Scouter named William Farmer has connection to non-profits in the DFW area and serves both BSA councils. He was the point of contact which got the wheels in motion to help our community quickly. “As District Commissioner of the Longhorn Council Brazos Valley District, I received a call from the Dallas Homeless Shelters with a special request to help house 63 homeless people,” said William.
He explains how everything came together in such a quick manner. “Grays Foundation Shelter and Food Pantry owner was one of my campers during summer camp and reached out to us for help. We had only hours to collect tents and supplies and have them delivered to Dallas to help homeless that were being released to the streets after they could no longer stay in hotels. With the help of the Brazos District Commissioner Team , Academy Sporting Center, Grays Foundation in Dallas, and neighborhood donations, we were able to collect a truck load of tents and a carload of food and supplies for 63 homeless families. And deliver them to Dallas last night.”
We need more leaders and heroes. Becoming a local hero with BSA and your community is a development process with a simple starting point for youth and adults. It starts by joining a local BSA Scouting unit in your area. Search by zip code at www.BeAScout.org.
Yours in Scouting Service,
Victor Rivera | Director of Marketing and Communications
Boy Scouts of America Longhorn Council
850 Cannon Drive | P.O. Box 54190
Hurst, Texas 76054-3191
P 817-231-8500 | F 817-231-8600
Comments are closed.