When the request came to help out a family friend who is a Green Beret Special Opts Medic stationed in a remote location of Africa, Den 2 Webelos from Pennington Pack 44 Cub Scouts and 5th graders at Toll Gate, jumped into action! The wish list from the Green Berets included some very basic necessities that we take for granted like storage containers, bags, paper products, sponges, canned and dried fruit, nuts, pasta, tuna, oatmeal, and more.

The boys with the help of their families, and with some boys giving up their allowance, provided these items plus more. They gathered all of their donations and, like little elves, got ready to put together holiday gift boxes. They lined up assembly line style and filled 10 Christmas stockings, one from each Scout, with candy, gum, shampoo, toothpaste, dried fruit, nuts, cookies, granola bars and much more. The finishing touch was a little surprise added to each stocking like solar elves, Christmas lights, snowman lanterns, sports trivia cards, and even canned snow!

The Scouts decorated cards addressed to the soldiers and wrote heartfelt sentiments of gratitude and caring. They didn’t have to be told what to write — they wrote straight from the heart about how grateful and thankful they were for their service and let them know that everyone at home misses them and are praying for a safe return and wished them a very Merry Christmas!

Five generous boxes of donations were packed up and shipped off from 10 little Cub Scout elves, with the hope that their packages will help to spread a little holiday cheer at this magical time of year!

Contributor: Kathie Rigante Boyer, Pennington resident, works part-time in the field of land planning to stay connected to technology and keep her sanity while raising two precocious boys — a teen and a tween.  As hockey parents, Kathie and her husband can be found trying to keep warm in any number of  hockey rinks. Passionate about photography and documenting precious childhood moments, Kathie can usually be found behind the lens, tormenting her patient husband and not so patient boys for one just one more photo.

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