A positive Scouting Story.
November 13, 2001
Boy Scouts To Offer Good Turn For Heroes
By Jim Killackey, The Oklahoman
Thousands of Oklahoma Boy Scouts and their adult leaders are making
themselves available to perform chores for families of military personnel
who are serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.
"We're very conscious that a lot of two-parent households suddenly became
one-parent families," Paul Moore, executive director of the Boy Scouts of
America Last Frontier Council, said Monday of the "Helping Hands for
Such family changes can necessitate "stressful adjustments," he said.
"The Scout slogan is 'Do a Good Turn Daily.' Our youth are expected to do a
special act of kindness each day. Now, many military families will be
helped as a result of that tradition," Moore said.
"Helping Hands for Heroes" will last indefinitely, with Boy Scouts
assistance such as cleaning yards, raking leaves, putting up outdoor
holiday decorations, preparing gardens for planting and shoveling snow.
Counseling needs and financial issues will be referred to more appropriate
organizations and agencies, officials said.
The Last Frontier Council, serving much of central and western Oklahoma,
has 32,000 members and 8,000 leaders and adult volunteers.
The program is targeting military personnel and their dependents
with Tinker Air Force Base, Fort Sill and Altus Air Force Base, as well as
National Guard and Reserve units called to active duty.
Joining the Boy Scouts are agencies allied with the United Way of Metro
Oklahoma City, including the American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries,
Travelers Aid, Sunbeam Family Services, the Volunteer Center, the Urban
League, Daily Living Centers and the Mid-Del Youth and Family Center.
"Our people are not out to get any glory or recognition. They just want
help someone who needs assistance," United Way President Bob Spinks said.
Moore and Spinks said available volunteers can help mothers or fathers with
simple chores, or older Oklahomans who are without a son or daughter,
during Operation Enduring Freedom.
"As America responds to acts of terrorism, many military families in
Oklahoma will be on their own as loved ones are deployed," Moore said. "The
Last Frontier Council has invited other agencies and organizations to join
in this effort. After all, you don't have to be a Boy Scout to do a good
"America's military is answering freedom's call," Moore said. "Their
families need to know America cares, and that the Boy Scouts of America
stands with these families."
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