If you’re downtown around lunch time Tuesday, be sure to stop by The ROC. Boy Scout Matthew Thorn will be holding a hamburger lunch to raise funds for his Eagle Scout project.
Thorn, son of Dawn Thorn and Gary Curry, needs to raise at least $500 so he can obtain the wood and materials needed to build 75-wooden boxes to go under chairs in Spence Chapel at First Baptist Church. The boxes will hold offering envelopes, prayer request cards, pens and things of that nature, to help keep them better organized and easily accessible.
A member of Boy Scout Troop 66, the soon-to-be eighth grader at Sulphur Springs Middle School said as he began thinking about what kind of service project he could do as his Eagle project, he consulted Denise Hurley.
“I went to Denise Hurley and asked her if she could find me an Eagle project, and she told me I could build some boxes,” explained Thorn. “I thought it would be a wonderful idea.”
Thorn explained that when Troop 66 Scouts hold their weekly meetings in Spence Chapel, he’s noticed all the envelopes and prayer request an the pens placed in various positions, in seats or on the floor, where they are placed while Scouts borrow the seats or where they have fallen.
“Scouts go through and make sure any are picked up,” he said. “We keep picking them up but they keep falling, so if we build these boxes then there won't be papers or pens all over the ground.”
The first step in building the boxes is to raise the needed money to obtain the materials.
Thorn will be hosting “Eagle Scout Burgers” Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church’s Recreational Outreach Center, known as The ROC. He’s asking for a donation of $6 for a lunch meal consisting of hamburger, chips and a drink.
He offers special thanks to Big Smiths for their contribution of food and to First Baptist Church, for providing a location for the fundraisers, allowing BSA Troop 66 to use Spence Chapel for their meetings and a worth Eagle project.
Thorn is hoping to raise $500 to kick start his project. If he receives more than is needed to cover the cost of construction boxes, Thorn says he’ll donate the rest to First Baptist Church.
After he has enough funds to get started, he’ll get busy building boxes. Usually, other troop members contribute community service time to help others Scouts complete their Eagle project.
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