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    A positive Scouting Story. Daily Oklahoman November 13, 2001 Boy Scouts To Offer Good Turn For Heroes By Jim Killackey, The Oklahoman Thousands of Oklahoma Boy
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      A positive Scouting Story.


      Daily Oklahoman

      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
      Heroes" program.

      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
      offering
      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
      affiliated
      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
      to
      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
      turn.

      "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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