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 firstname.lastname@example.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):
Personal toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, bath towels, etc.)
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
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!!
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.