Creates, delivers care packages

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Truman Gabriel, 15, second from right, made care packages for Children's Protective Services in Warm Springs as his Eagle Scout project. Isabel White, protective care provider, at left, CPS Director Ron Hager, and Reggie Clements, right, shelter supervisor, were on hand for the delivery.A Beaverton teenager who is sympathetic to the plight of children in foster care took on a project in Warm Springs for his Eagle Scout project.

Truman Gabriel, 15, a sophomore at Westview High School in Beaverton, decided in late spring to provide care packages to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs' Children's Protective Services as part of his effort to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.

Gabriel has two younger sisters who were adopted — Mia, who was adopted from China, and Lucy, adopted domestically.

"They both went through foster care, and I thought it would be neat to help out some of the children on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation whose lives are in transition as well," said Gabriel.

In order to generate plans for a project, he continued, "I met with Ron Hager, the CPS director, and brainstormed ideas, and we came up with the care packages."

To become an Eagle Scout, Gabriel had to plan and complete a service project for a nonprofit organization.

Over the summer, Gabriel and his siblings — a younger brother and two sisters — put up flyers in his neighborhood and obtained donations from a toy company, his orthodontist, family, friends and neighbors.

"They were all very generous," he said.

Gabriel and his family put together 50 care packages with blankets, toothbrushes and toothpaste, stuffed animals, snacks, sport balls, paper, pens, crayons and games.

"My grandmother was a real hero," he said. "She helped sew around the edges of the blankets."

Gabriel, who was pleased to be able to deliver the care packages in late September, expressed his appreciation for the help he received. "My parents were very supportive, as well as my brother and sisters."

Hager thanked Gabriel for the packages. "Truman exceeded my expectations," he said.

"Truman's enthusiasm and desire to help others is evident by his positive attitude, and his commitment and follow through," said Hager. "He delivered on his promise to complete this project in a timely manner, with the help of his family and friends."

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