Scouts in Union collected 8,835 items to be delivered to Union food pantries during the Scouting for Food drive this past Saturday.
The number is less than the approximately 11,000 items collected last year, but on par with the 8,000 items collected during the 2015 drive.
“The weather may have had some impact on our results,” said Joe Devos, scoutmaster for Troop 442.
Items were tagged, bagged and delivered to the Union Food Pantry and Second Blessings.
Additionally, 25 “turkey dinners” were delivered to Union Food Pantry to be distributed to the 25 neediest families for Thanksgiving. Each bag included a gift card to purchase a turkey from Fricks Market.
This year, Devos said the three most unusual items included a bottle of safety aspirin, a bottle of gummie vitamins and a small rough earth snake about 10 inches long “that must have been trying to find a place to stay warm on someone’s front porch.”
An honorable mention for most unusual item was a can of Redd’s apple cider, an alcoholic beverage that looked like it may have been put in one of the collection bags by mistake, Devos said.
None of the items were sent on to the food banks, he added.
There were five Boy Scout units represented at the two Scouting for Food weekends: Pack 442, chartered by the Union American Legion; Troop 442, chartered by Union Rotary Club; Pack 446, chartered by Immaculate Conception School; Troop 465, chartered by the Union Knights of Columbus; and Venture Crew 2442 chartered by the Union Rotary.
“The Union Food Pantry volunteers would like to thank the Scouts, troop and pack leaders and especially all who donated so generously to the Boy Scout Drive,” said Union Food Pantry volunteer Jan Brennan. “We really appreciate them collecting and delivering to the pantries in such nasty weather. They really did a great job.”
Brennan also thanked the community for its generous donations for the past 25 years.