Dylan Pilger arrived at the Dallas United Methodist Church basement with his right arm in a sling.
“It’s okay,” he joked, “I can always work with one hand.”
The soon-to-be 18-year-old Boy Scout had jammed his arm at hockey practice the day before, ending up in the emergency room.
On this day, his fellow Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 281 of Dallas were finishing up the collection of over 3,300 food items they had solicited from 17 neighborhoods for the Back Mountain Food Pantry and Pilger wasn’t missing any of it.
“I know there are people in need out there and I’m going to help out and give as much as I can,” he said
The annual project started the weekend before when small bands of Scouts assigned to various neighborhoods distributed 3,400 door hangers. Running from door-to-door was hard enough in the wind and coldest weather yet this year.
Drake Dettore had another perspective.
“No one has a normal round door knob anymore,” he said, making it difficult for the Scouts to figure out where to leave the door hangers.
For Shavertown brothers Vladimir and Ivan Gingo, the collection was a chance to have fun running around neighborhoods with their friends while supporting a worthy cause.
The cause is an inexhaustible one. Of the approximately two tons of food collected by the Scouts this year, “it will be gone in a couple of months,” said Carol Eyet, coordinator at the food pantry in Trucksville.
Large families with as many as 10 members will take out 10 bags of food each week from the pantry.
“It seems it goes out as fast as it comes in,” said Eyet.
The annual Scout food drive, the post office and school food drives are the biggest community contributions to the food pantry and bring in the most food, Ide reported.
Back Mountain hearts opened up to the Scouts the day of the collection.
As if on a town–wide Easter egg hunt, Scouting brothers Matt and David Schnable and their friend Eric Davies came across a “motherload of food” on a porch on Sterling Avenue in Dallas. The Scouts beamed with excitement as they loaded a porch full of food that filled the back of an SUV.
One of the Scouts said, “Let’s leave a thank you note on the porch. Does anyone have some paper?”
Matt Schanble wrote out “Thank You” and his mother, Tammy Schnable, made sure he signed it Troop 281, leaving behind a legacy of courteousness and kindness that Scouts are known for.