UNITY, Maine — Wolf scouts from Cub Scout Pack 233 wanted to make sure organizations and people in need received help all year long and not just around the holiday season. So for nearly two short months, five second-grade Scouts and their families saved soda can tabs by the handfuls totalling15 pounds to donate to the Bangor Ronald McDonald Charity House at 654 State St.
To many, a soda tab is just an easy way to open the can, but to these Scouts this charity is a way to give back to the community and help others. The tabs were taken to the Ronald McDonald House on May 14 by Wolf Scouts Jacob Spaulding and Caleb Raven, and Tiger Cubs in training Luke Raven and Henry Spaulding, accompanied by Wolf Den Leader Jenn Raven and volunteer Maria Valles.
The boys received a special tour of the house and got to see how their efforts will help families who need a place to stay while a family member is staying at the near by hospital. They even got to play on the playground and learned that previous Scouts had made it a safe place to play and that the picnic tables were a Scout project. Tara, who works at the house, took time to show the Scouts around.
Collecting tabs was fun and a convenient way for Scouts to follow the Cub Scout promise, “I promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people and to obey the law of the pack,” to recycle and work on merit badges.
The pack looks forward to saving more tabs, preparing food baskets to donate and collecting toys for children at Christmas.
After the tour at the Ronald McDonald House, the boys were treated to food at McDonald’s where they were quick to spot a sticker on the door stating that for every Happy Meal purchased, a donation was made to the Ronald McDonald Charity.