Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00
The boys of Tiger Scouts Den 1, Pack 600 worked very hard over the past month to help Santa bring Christmas to some very special children. The seven boys of the pack, all age 6, worked on chores for family, neighbors and friends to earn $1 per chore.
The boys set a goal of raising $175 over a two-week span, but earned $260 for their hard work. They met at the Levittown Target, pooled their money and went on a shopping spree in the toy department.
While most children were making plans and fantasizing about what toys they would like to buy for themselves, the boys of Den 1 spent weeks prior thinking about what toys they would pick out for needy children.
The boys shopped for the children of St. Christopher-Ottilie (SCO) Child and Family Services of New York. SCO is an organization that provides a wide array of services to those in need throughout the Long Island area.
The scouts recently did a similar project over the Thanksgiving holiday, buying groceries to donate to local families in need.
“I am very proud of the boys and grateful to their parents for helping to make this event a success; giving our children an opportunity to experience the joy that giving to others can bring is one of the more important life lessons that we as parents can teach,” said Den Leader Joann Fazziola. “I am hoping that this project may have started a new family tradition for the boys that perhaps one day they will share with their own children.”
As the boys made their way to the toy department they were bursting with excitement. They cruised the aisles with their wagon discussing which toys would be best while paying close attention to their budget.