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Cub Scout Service Project Helps Medical Needs

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Pack 31 Scout Mikey Harris' sister Gabi selling wristbands and flags at the "Connor's House" fund-raising booth at Forest Avenue School's Family Fun Night.
Pack 31 Scout Mikey Harris’ sister Gabi selling wristbands and flags at the “Connor’s House” fund-raising booth at Forest Avenue School’s Family Fun Night.
Verona Pack 31, consisting of Cub Scouts from Forest Avenue School, H.B. Whitehorne Middle School, and Our Lady of the Lake School, recently completed a very successful Winter Service Project. They worked together to execute a two-part fund-raising effort with 100% of the proceeds directly benefiting Connor’s House, a North Jersey based organization that provides crucial services and support for children suffering from life-shortening conditions and their families.

The project had an extra special meaning for Pack 31, as one of their very own Scout brothers, Mikey Harris (a 10-year-old Webelo), receives services and support from Connor’s House as a result of his own complex medical conditions and healthcare needs.

The first part of Pack 31’s effort was facilitating a “rubber wristband and team flag sale” at Forest Avenue School’s “Family Fun Night”– an evening of team games and friendly competition for the students and their families held annually in the school’s gymnasium. Crafty Scouts designed and sold flags to cheer on all the teams while several Pack Leaders and parents chipped in to help raise awareness and educate the attendees about the wonderful work Connor’s House does for its children and their families.

Pack 31 Scouts helping out too.  From left to right: Tiger Cubs Nicholas Caruso and Sean Donohue, Webelo Anders Heyniger, Wolf Scout Brody Sperling and Tiger Matthew Schwartz.
Pack 31 Scouts helping out too. From left to right: Tiger Cubs Nicholas Caruso and Sean Donohue, Webelo Anders Heyniger, Wolf Scout Brody Sperling and Tiger Matthew Schwartz.

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The second component was held a few weeks later when Pack 31 Scouts attended the Connor’s House Book Fair in Randolph. There they delivered personal greeting cards with words of support and encouragement for the children of Connor’s House that they had made at their Pack Meeting the night before. They also presented a check from the Pack to Connor’s House in the amount of $250 (total amount raised at the Family Fun Night event) to the organization’s founders, Scott and Deb Millard.

The children of Pack 31 came away from the project having learned more about why the service aspect of their Scouting experience is so important. Further, the opportunity to support such an important cause while also showing solidarity for their friend and fellow Scout Mikey Harris, made it a great experience for all involved. For more information about Connor’s House and to learn how you can help too, please go to www.connorshouse.org.

Pack 31 Scouts show their support at the Connor's House Book Fair and present a check for $250 to the organization.  Pictured back row l-r: Connor's House co-founder Deb Millard with Gabi Harris, Pack 31 Scouts Bobby Donohue and Gabe Levine, and co-founder Scott Millard.  Front row l-r: Scouts Henry Cherep, Sean Donohue, Brody Sperling, and Gabe's sister Zoe Levine.
Pack 31 Scouts show their support at the Connor’s House Book Fair and present a check for $250 to the organization. Pictured (back, l-r): Connor’s House co-founder Deb Millard with Gabi Harris, Pack 31 Scouts Bobby Donohue and Gabe Levine, and co-founder Scott Millard; (front, l-r) Scouts Henry Cherep, Sean Donohue, Brody Sperling, and Gabe’s sister Zoe Levine.

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