Annual Boy Scouts food drive lends Well-Help a hand

By Kelsey Leyva -

Helping those less fortunate is the goal of Wellington Boy Scouts Troop 414 and its annual food drive to benefit Well-Help.

The boys hung blue bags on doors throughout the village on Halloween for residents to fill and have picked up this Saturday.

Although it’s a food drive, residents can donate other non-perishable items such as diapers, feminine products, and hygiene products.

Bernie Raab of Well-Help said her organization accepts anything and everything that can help someone.

“Food is our first priority but if people have coats they want to bring they can,” she said.

Hats, scarves, and gloves are other items that rise in demand once winter hits.

Raab said she sees about 11 new families a month seeking help. The number isn’t final, but she estimates 150 families visited Well-Help in October.

“When it starts getting cold they usually start showing up,” she said.

The amount of food the Boy Scouts are able to donate varies from year to year, but Raab said it is a huge help: “Any food that’s donated is greatly appreciated.”

Valerie Lange, mother of Scout Charlie McCarty, said the troop has done the Well-Help fundraiser for more than 30 years.

“We’re out there to help the public as well as let people know there are Boy Scouts around if anyone needs any other help,” she said.

After the boys collect donations Saturday, they’ll take them to Well-Help and assist with the sorting.

Other drop-off locations for people wishing to donate include Village Market and Geyer’s Fresh Foods.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

By Kelsey Leyva