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Chelsea community’s generosity shines brightly for Faith in Action

Robbie Moore and Connor Sipperly accept donated food for Faith in Action while Matt Moore takes inventory.

(Publisher’s note: I have corrected this story to reflect that these are Cub Scout packs, and I’m sorry for the error.)

Joel Burke, 7, a Cub Scout from Pack 435 said people were very nice when he offered them a white flyer from Faith in Action as they entered Polly’s Country Market last Saturday.

“The people are very nice and it’s fun,” he said.

Scouts from Cub Scout Packs  435 and 455 were up early on Saturday, Feb. 9, and hard at work helping other people during a “Scouting for Food” event.

Riley Melody, 9, said “I like helping other people in the community,” before asking another customer, “Would you like to help Faith in Action to restock the food pantry?”

Chelsea Council Member Marcia Parker looks over the list of what's needed by Faith in Action that was given to her by Joel Burke.

Bonnie Hartsuff said via email that 43 scouts and parents worked at least 75 man-hours and were able to collect more than 1,100 food items for Faith in Action worth at least $2,400.

Not only did they collect the food and monetary donations but also they dropped them off at Faith in Action.

Among the most popular items shoppers choose from the list supplied by Faith in Action were spaghetti or pasta, soups and stews, canned meat, fruits and vegetables, boxed side dishes, shampoo and conditioners, canned meat and baked beans.

Hartsuff also wanted to thank the community for all of their contributions.

Faith in Action needs 2-3 tons of food monthly to meet the needs of the community.

The scouts took turns handing out the flyers then collecting the donations as shoppers exited the store.

For Connor Sipperly, 6, this was his first time participating. He said he enjoyed collecting the food as people left “and helping the needy.”

Robbie Moore, 10, said this was his second time participating and he was also helping his father, Matt, keep track of what people had donated on a master inventory list.

“Cash donations of any amount are also accepted,” Matt Moore said.

So, if shoppers don’t purchase some things on the list that were requested, the scouts take the donations and shop for those items to fill in the gaps.

Plus, a cash donation is it the perfect way to help for those in a hurry to get in and out of the grocery store.

Riley Melody, 9, explains to a shopper what the scouts are doing.
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