When preparing items for missions that assist the homeless, common donations include shoes and clothing. These necessities are always helpful and much appreciated, but as the seasons change and temperatures fluctuate, layers are added or taken away. The problem arises of where does someone without a home base keep his or her belongings when they are not being used?
Eagle Scout George Harvey, of New Canaan’s Troop 31, considered this very question. In hopes of finding a solution, Mr. Harvey decided that for his Eagle Scout project, he would organize a backpack drive to benefit the homeless men and women of our metropolitan area. The goal is to collect at least 100 backpacks, all of which will be distributed to someone in need during the United Methodist Church of New Canaan’s future Midnight Runs. New or gently used backpacks will surely be a welcomed surprise and a place to keep a few important possessions together.
A drop-off collection bin is now available in the United Methodist Church’s foyer. Also, Eagle Scout Troup 31 members will distribute paper bags to New Canaan residents and ask that donated backpacks be placed in the bags and left by your mailbox on Saturday, August 25th, where they will be picked up, door-to-door, by Troop members.
Mr. Harvey aims to complete his mission by the end of August.
The drop-off collection area at the United Methodist Church is located at 165 South Avenue.