WL Scouts collect 425 bags of clothes

by: Submitted photo, Nicholas Yokubaitis, 10, sits amid some of the 73 Goodwill bags he collected in early March on Goodwill/Goodturn Day.

It's not just Girl Scout cookies that are being sold this time of year. The West Linn Boy Scouts' annual community service collection of Goodwill items was a big success on a recent weekend.

Cub Scout Pack 504 had 46 Cub Scouts collect 425 bags of reusable clothing and non-perishable items, with Nicholas Yokubaitis collecting a record 73 bags. When asked how he collected so many bags, Nicholas said that 11 families donated items throughout the year and had it not been for their generosity, he wouldn't have come close to this amount of donations.

He added that his next door neighbor was moving, so that family made a significant impact on the amount of bags he collected.

Thirteen Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 149 in West Linn also collected 112 bags on the same day, so West Linn residents continue to be generous in helping others.

Scouts disseminate the bags to neighbors and friends in February, then pick them up from their doorstep on the first Saturday in March to deliver to Goodwill.

Goodwill/Goodturn Day is the largest single-day collection of clothing and non-perishable items in the nation, and is part of the biggest job-training program for disabled Americans in the country.

In 1950, the tradition of collecting clothing and non-perishables was initiated, and involved the East Portland Rotary Club, Goodwill Industries and the Columbia Pacific Council (now the Cascade Pacific Council) Boy Scouts of America.

The first Saturday in March was established as the annual day for this joint service project, mobilizing Scouts from Longview, Wash., to Albany and from Tillamook to The Dalles.

Youth members go door-to-door collecting clothing and collectibles that are given to Goodwill Industries, which uses the process of cleaning, mending and retailing these goods to provide job training for disabled people.

According to Scout leaders, this community service project builds character, social skills and compassion - qualities that we endeavor to teach our youths, while also promoting Scouting and the good deeds that result from program activities.