Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort UPDATE

ATTENTION:  Thank you everyone who donated to the Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Fund.  Due to the outpouring of donations from the community, the Mason-Dixon Council has sent TWO tractor trailer loads full of supplies to Texas this week, and there are already donations that have begun to fill a third.  At the present-time we are not accepting any more donations until we receive a listing of the desired donations from our contacts in Texas, which we expect to receive either late this week or the following.  Additionally, we will once again not be accepting clothing donations.   Please check back with the mdcscouting.org website and on our social media for more information.  Thank you for your efforts!  (Update: 9/6/2017, 5:00 p.m.) 

Galveston "Good Turn" Relief Effort Update

The Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America, is leading a relief effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the area of Galveston, Texas.  After talking with the Scout Executive of the Bay Area Council, we as a council feel that we should “Do a Good Turn” and help fellow members of our Scouting family and their surrounding community recover from this natural disaster.  The council, with the help of D.M. Bowman, Inc. who have graciously supplied trucks, trailers and drivers, will be taking two tractor trailers worth of supplies over the next few weeks to the affected area.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The first tractor trailer load will be leaving Tuesday, September 5th with supplies for the immediate needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  The following items are needed for this first trailer:

  • Bottled water
  • Personal toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, personal care products, bath towels, etc.)
  • Toilet paper
  • Disposable diapers and other baby needs (baby powder, formula, baby shampoo, etc.)
  • Canned and staple food items (same list as Scouting for Food)
  • Batteries, battery-operated flashlights/lanterns
  • Blankets (lightly-used or new)/pillows (new only), etc.
  • Small activity books with crayons or card games for children

Please Note:  There has been no requests for clothing donations from the organizations we are working with in Texas at this time.  We strongly encourage any clothing donations to be made to another organization that can properly distribute them to those in need. 

Packed to the brim.  Troop 20 of Boonsboro gathered donations Tuesday evening at their Court of Honor, packing several vehicles with supplies needed by those affected by Hurricane Harvey to be dropped off at the Council.

WHERE SHOULD I DROP OFF MY DONATIONS?

There are presently six collection points for donations.  If additional collection points or additional hours are added the Mason-Dixon Council will update with new locations and times on their social media and website.

Friday, September 1st from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Shady Grove Ruritan – 11980 Community Center Ln, Shady Grove, PA
Pack 95 of Shady Grove will be accepting donations at the Shady Grove Ruritan and Community Center between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  (Updated: 8/31/2017, 11:20 a.m.)

Saturday, September 2nd from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bowman Business Park – 10212 Governor Lane Blvd., Suite 1003B, Williamsport, MD
The Mason-Dixon Council, in conjunction with D. M. Bowman, Inc., will be accepting donations at the warehouse.  For units picking up popcorn, the drop-off time for donations has now been expanded to 1-5 p.m.  Donations at the warehouse will be handled by D. M. Bowman, Inc. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Any Scouters or units wishing to volunteer for sorting and loading donations at the warehouse, please contact the Scout Service Center at (301) 739-1211 or via email at rob.stone@scouting.org.

Saturday, September 2nd from 10 a.m. to 12 noon 
Sunnyway Foods – 212 N. Antrim Way, Greencastle, PA
Troop 99 of Greencastle, in conjunction with Sunnyway Foods, will be accepting donations at the store between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

Saturday, September 2nd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Boonsboro Community Center – Schafer Park, Boonsboro, MD
Pack 20 of Boonsboro will be accepting donations at the Boonsboro Community Center between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  (Updated: 8/31/2017, 11:20 a.m.)

Monday, September 4th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Waynesboro Country Club – 11000 Country Club Road, Waynesboro, PA 
The Mason-Dixon Council, in conjunction with the Waynesboro Country Club, will be accepting donations at the country club from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Labor Day for a second tractor trailer load of supplies to the Galveston area.

Starting Friday, September 8th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Mason-Dixon Council Scout Service Center – 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD
The Mason-Dixon Council will be accepting donations for a second tractor trailer load of supplies for the Galveston area starting on Friday, September 8th at their Scout Service Center.  Donations can be dropped off at the Scout Service Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A full listing of the donations needed for clean-up from Hurricane Harvey, along with the previously mentioned items, will be available at a later date.  Please check back with the council’s social media and this website for further information.

Donations piled high.  Thanks to the efforts of area Scout units, around 3,000lbs of donations for the Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort are already piling high at the Mason-Dixon Council’s Scout Service Center in Hagerstown.  

The Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America would like to extend our thanks to the organizations and businesses that are helping with the Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort including D. M. Bowman Inc., PSI, Maryland Metals Inc., City Electric Supply, Rentals Unlimited, Sunnyway Foods, and the Waynesboro Country Club.

Please see our original post regarding the Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort for more information about the Mason-Dixon Council’s effort to help the Scouting families and the surrounding community affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Bay Area Council in Galveston, Texas.

Galveston "Good Turn" Relief Efforts Across The Council

Members of Troop 20 of Boonsboro gathered donations Tuesday evening, August 29th at their Court of Honor, packing several vehicles with supplies needed by those affected by Hurricane Harvey to be dropped off at the Council.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 12:30 p.m.)

Loading the trailer with donations collected by Members of Troop 99 of Greencastle who collected donations outside of Sunnyway Foods in Greencastle on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 2:00 p.m.)

The donations piling up at the Bowman Business Park during the Mason-Dixon Council’s Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 3:00 p.m.)

Skids of shrink-wrapped donations awaiting their turns to be loaded onto the trailer at the Bowman Business Park on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 3:00 p.m.)

Members of Troop 99 of Greencastle and other volunteers sort through donations as they arrive at the Bowman Business Park on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 9:25 p.m.)

Moving skids of pet food at the Bowman Business Park on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/7/2017, 11:30 a.m.)

Unloading vehicles filled with donations at the Bowman Business Park on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/7/2017, 11:30 a.m.)

Members of Troop 99 of Greencastle collected donations outside of Sunnyway Foods in Greencastle on Saturday, September 2nd as a light rain fell upon the area.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 12:30 p.m.)

Members of Pack 20 of Boonsboro help to unload donations at the Bowman Business Park that they collected Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 2:20 p.m.)

Members of Troop 99 of Greencastle collected donations outside of Sunnyway Foods in Greencastle on Saturday, September 2nd as a light rain fell upon the area.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 12:30 p.m.)

Volunteers shrink wrap skids of donations before they are loaded onto the trailers at the Bowman Business Park on Saturday, September 2nd.  Donations filled two trailers, with some left for a third trailer that will be delivered in a few weeks during the continued recovery effort.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 9:25 p.m.)

A constant flow of vehicles came into the parking lot at the Bowman Business Park with people bringing donations on Saturday, September 2nd. (Updated: 9/2/2017, 9:30 p.m.)

A volunteer organizes bottled water on a skid at the Bowman Business Park on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/7/2017, 11:30 a.m.)

Members of Pack 20 of Boonsboro keeping dry in the rain as they collected donations at Schafer Park between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 2:20 p.m.) 

“Community response in Boonsboro/Keedysville was amazing” remarked one member of Pack 20 of Boonsboro.  The pack filled an 8-foot truck bed with a cap to the top, the entire back of an SUV and the entire back of a truck (including back seats) with the outpouring of donations collected from the community in two hours time.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 2:20 p.m.)

By 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2nd at the Bowman Business Park, the trailer is already half full with donations for Hurricane Harvey relief and more keep on coming.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 2:50 p.m.)

Helping to carry donations at the Bowman Business Park during the Mason-Dixon Council’s Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 3:00 p.m.)

Member of Troop 99 of Greencastle helps to unload donations at the Bowman Business Park during the Mason-Dixon Council’s Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/2/2017, 9:20 p.m.)

Volunteers receive donations for Hurricane Harvey relief at the Bowman Business Park on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/7/2017, 11:30 a.m.)

Volunteers organize donations for Hurricane Harvey relief at the Bowman Business Park on Saturday, September 2nd.  (Updated: 9/7/2017, 11:30 a.m.)

Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort

Galveston "Good Turn" Relief Effort

A Message From Our Scout Executive, Rob Stone

Monday, August 28, 2017

As you all know by now, Hurricane Harvey did significant damage along the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend.  The flooding and hurricane damage in Houston has received a lot of national attention, but Galveston was hit hard as well. The Galveston Boy Scout council (Bay Area Council) is a small council like the Mason-Dixon Council, and their Scout Executive, Charlie Tinsley, is a friend of mine.

After speaking with Charlie regarding the situation in Galveston, we at the Mason-Dixon Council feel that we should “Do a Good Turn” and help fellow members of our Scouting family and their surrounding community recover from this natural disaster.  Our office is therefore organizing a relief effort to send some immediately needed supplies to Galveston by the first of next week, and a follow-up effort to send other needed supplies within the next 3-4 weeks.

For the immediate needs, we’re hoping to be able to load a trailer by this Saturday, Sept. 2 for transport to Galveston next Monday or Tuesday. Bowman Trucking/Bowman Development Corp. has graciously agreed to provide trailers for this effort, and we should have one parked at our Popcorn Warehouse location this Saturday (10212 Governor Lane Blvd., Suite 1003B, Hagerstown-off I-81 Exit 2). If other donation centers are set up, we will notify you via our website and the council’s social media.

We’ll be at the warehouse receiving relief items/distributing Show and Sell orders from about 1pm-3pm on Saturday, Sept. 2, but if you need me to meet you there at a different time, contact me via the Council Service center at (301) 739-1211 or via email at rob.stone@scouting.org.

I’m asking all our units planning to pick up Show and Sell popcorn after Saturday morning’s kickoff to bring as much of the following items as you can collect between now and then. After the kickoff, we’ll meet at the warehouse and you can drop off any relief items, then pick up your Show and Sell orders. It’s short notice, but we figure if you’re bringing vehicles to pick up popcorn, you’ll have extra room for these desperately needed items.

Items needed for immediate needs (trailer leaving next Mon/Tues):

Bottled water

Personal toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, bath towels, etc.)

Toilet paper

Disposable diapers and other baby needs (baby powder, formula, baby shampoo, etc.)

Canned and staple food items (same list as Scouting for Food)

Batteries, battery-operated flashlights/lanterns

Blankets/pillows, etc.

Small activity books with crayons or card games for children 

Please get this word out ASAP to all of your Scout families. Let’s see if we can “Do a Good Turn” for our brother and sister Scouting families in the Galveston area!!

Many thanks!
Rob Stone, Scout Executive
Mason-Dixon Council, BSA

 

UPDATE (August 31, 2017): For updated dates, times and locations to drop-off needed supplies, please see Galveston “Good Turn” Relief Effort UPDATE.