Venture Scouts in Foley will give away 30 backpacks July 27 at 1 p.m. for the local homeless population. The backpacks will consist of food, towels, two water bottles and toiletries. The Backpack giveaway will be held at 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army Outpouring Center located at 620 N. McKenzie Street, suites 100 and 200, in Foley.
Becca Michelle orchestrated the backpack giveaway after noticing the level of poverty in parts of the community.
“As a cross country runner, I would often pass the homeless on my runs. Seeing them struggle made me want to help,” Michelle said.
Michelle and her friends apart of Venture Scouts began asking for donations from the community and received great responses. The items collected were stuffed into 30 backpacks for those less fortunate.
“I would like to thank the group for their hard work and their generosity, and their support of The Salvation Army and our mission. We will make sure that the backpacks go to people who need them,” Lt. Jeremy Lind said.
Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade and under 21 years of age. Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults, according to the Boy Scouts of America.
The Backpack giveaway will be held on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. at The Salvation Army Outpouring Center Located at 620 N. McKenzie Street (Suites 100 & 200) in Foley.