Eagle Scout Hunter B., discovered first-hand how children transitioning from foster care to new families would often arrive with a trash bag full of worn-out belongings and it struck a chord with him. He was impassioned to provide comfort and a sense of belonging to those children so he orchestrated an Eagle Scout project to make his idea a reality.
Hunter of the Alamo Area Council spearheaded a project that gathered more than 100 “Day 1 bags” for children being removed or changing placements through the Child Protective system. The idea stemmed from his personal experiences because his parents have adopted several children through foster care.
“I wouldn’t want to feel that way if I was a foster child,” Hunter shared with News 4 San Antonio. “I would want myself to have something and this will give them that.”
Hunter raised $10,000 from family, friends, neighbors and local churches to make the project possible and gathered a range of essential items to pack the bags. The Scout loaded more than 100 bags with items and toiletries like blankets, flashlights, tooth brush, toothpaste, toys, brushes, underwear, books, coloring books, and crayons. The bags also included identification tags and were categorized by gender and age group.
Hunter and his family delivered the filled bags to the Vault Fostering Community where they will be stored and distributed to youth in need.
“Hunter and his supporters have gone above and beyond, and are among the many who make Boerne such a very special community,” said Boerne Mayor Mike Schultz of the Eagle’s accomplishment.
To thank the Scout for his dedication to the community, the mayor will meet with the aspiring Eagle to personally extend his appreciation for the hard work and incredible impact of his Eagle Scout project.
Learn more about how this Scout’s Eagle project is making a difference to youth in his community by watching the video below and reading the full story from News 4 San Antonio.