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Westmorelanders give generously to Scout food drive

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Returning from their 'Scouting for Food' adventure in Westmoreland are Pack 64 Cub Scouts Cole Merten, a Llewellyn Elementary School second grader; Jeremy Cownover, a Duniway Elementary second grader; Ian Wiebke, a second grade student at West Hills Christian School; and River Pinkston, who is in Lewis Elementary's first grade.As is the tradition for Scouts all over the greater Portland area on the first Saturday in December, Pack 64 Cub Scouts again took to the streets of Westmoreland with food donation bags and empty wagons during the December 1st “Scouting for Food” drive. They were joined by local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Master of the Pack Mike Jacobs said the food drive will again fill the shelves of the Holy Family Church Food Bank.

“Part of what we teach is ‘Do a good turn daily’,” Jacobs told THE BEE. “Community service events like this help them learn to be helpful, and to lend a hand to those who are less fortunate and need assistance.”

One-time Master of Pack 64 – and now just a “Scouting parent” – Tom Armstrong said that 35 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, as well as their parents, were out for the one-day food drive.

“One of the neat things is that we’ve done ‘Scouting for Food’ here for decades,” Armstrong observed. “The kind residents of Westmoreland have come to expect it; and, many have food donations ready. They are very giving. We find many people whose kids, or even they themselves, were in Cub Scout Packs.”

After all of the groceries were counted, Armstrong reported that the scouts had collected 815 pounds of food.

Cub Scouting is open to all first- through fifth-grade boys. Find out more about this pack, which serves the Sellwood, Westmoreland, Reed, Eastmoreland, and Woodstock neighborhoods, by going online to: www.pack64pdx.org