Beginning at 7 AM on Saturday, September 14, through 2 PM on Sunday, September 15, Boy Scout Troop 510 will be camping out for a cause.
The troop is having their second annual Cardboard Campout outside the Belton Hy-Vee. They will set up their camping equipment—mostly cardboard, tape, and tarps—off of Highway 58. The campout’s purpose is to collect money and other donations for Heart-n-Hand Ministries. It also allows the boys, ranging in age from 11 to 17, to experience a bit of how it feels to be homeless.
Heart-n-Hand (www.heartnhand.org) serves the community of Cass County, which Scoutmaster Paul Fyffe explains is why the troop wanted to help them out. Heart-n-Hand often works with people who are homeless, or who are close to being homeless. (For example, a family may have lost their home, but a family member or friend has provided them a place to stay.) This campout not only helps Heart-n-Hand continue its work among Cass County residents, but also raises awareness about homelessness.
Last year, Boy Scout Troop 510 raised $1100 and garnered 3400 pounds of food and other donations for the local ministry. Fyffe has raised the stakes this year, setting a goal for the boys to raise $2500 as well as 5000 pounds of food and toiletries.
“I just wanted to do something that would be impactful,” remarked Fyffe, explaining how the food they collect in 24 hours can provide for over a month’s worth of need at Heart-n-Hand.
The Boy Scout troop will be accepting nonperishable food donations, toiletries, and items like blankets and sleeping bags, since winter is approaching. Those interested in donating may also visit this link to see a list of Heart-n-Hand’s needs.
For more information on the event, call Scoutmaster Paul Fyffe at 816-935-5013.
photo credit: Paul Fyffe