Friday, December 15, 2017
Last Updated: Friday, December 01, 2017
 

Scout hosting food drive at Belvoir Commissary


By Adrienne Anderson
Staff Writer

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Randy Story, left, is collecting food donations for local food banks at the Belvoir Commissary until Dec. 14. For his Eagle Scout project, he is also overseeing an online food drive for hurricane victims. (Submitted photo)

Randy Story Jr.’s goal is to help those in need, locally and in neighboring states. For his Eagle Scout project, he decided to host a food drive at Belvoir’s Commissary to collect food items for the United Community Ministries in Alexandria, and for recent hurricane victims still in need.

Randy, a Life Scout, chose the food drive as the project he would use to earn the Eagle Scout badge.

“I wanted to do a project that touches my heart,” he said. “I wanted to focus on a project that had a positive impact on a lot of people’s lives.”

“During the holiday season, they tend to run low on a lot of products, because, as you can imagine, Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up,” he said, about local community food banks. “So, they requested items for me to donate to them,” he said, adding he hopes to have holiday food items before Thanksgiving.

Those donating are also welcome to donate items not on the list, he said.

He’s passionate about serving others, Randy said. He would like to be an Army officer and is considering a career in legal studies.

Serving makes you a well-rounded person, he said.

“It may be doing something small, but it may also have a big impact on people,” Randy said. His generation is focused on being social and networking. Community service is a way to learn to be team-oriented, and, in helping others, you are helping yourself grow.

His mother, Audrey Story, said she was enthusiastic about his project.

“I’m excited about his willingness to serve and to create a project that brings the community together,” she said. “He really wanted it to be relevant to what was going on in the world today.”

The Storys are a military family, and she said this is a good way for military families to support others in need.

“He’s been passionate about it,” Audrey said about serving others.

“That’s what’s impressed me the most — just his heart to serve.”

People interested in donating food or other items may do so at the Belvoir Commissary until Dec. 14. Online donations are available and help toward hurricane relief. To donate, visit http://vad.aidmatrix.org/vadxml.cfm?driveid=48733.

Food drive needs:

• Bottled water
• Canned fruit
• Canned fish or chicken
• Canned vegetables; low sodium
• Canned soup, stew, chili
• Low-sugar whole grain cereal
• Hand held snacks, like granola bars
• Macaroni and cheese
• Peanut butter
• Pop-top, ready to eat items
• Canned fruit
• Shelf-stable milk
• MREs
• Baby diapers
• Cleaning wipes
• Cleaning supplies
• Scrub brush
• Flashlights
• Batteries
• Sponges
• Personal hygiene items
• Rubber gloves



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