Mt. Pleasant Cub Scouts Pack 135 sends care packages to soldiers
The Mt. Pleasant Cub Scouts of America Pack 135 gathered recently at the James E. Zundell American Legion Post 446 in the borough with a military mission in mind.
The goal of the group, which consists of boys in grades one to five, was to make packages to send to American troops serving overseas.
The pack had thought about sending the packages the soldiers abroad for some time, said Cub Scoutmaster Don Seder.
“We were trying to find a few local soldiers who were deployed,” he said.
In cooperation with the local American Legion officials, the pack came into contact with borough resident Denise Zozula.
Zozula's son, U.S. Army Spec. Ryan Gradler, is stationed in Afghanistan.
So the Cub Scouts concentrated on sending the packages where Gradler and his fellow troops are serving.
“It's really the (Cub Scout) pack and Mt. Pleasant community supporting the troops,” Seder said.
The shipping boxes were supplied by Goin' Postal of East Huntingdon.
Items sent included toothpaste, baby wipes, snacks such as trail mix and beef jerky, and flip-flops supplied by parishioners from St. Pius X Church, the pack's sponsor, Visitation Church and Mt. Joy Church of the Brethren, all located in the borough.
In all, Cub Scout Pack 135 assembled 51 packages.
In addition, each scout included a personal letter.
Cub Scout Emory Seder, 10, of the pack's Weblo Division, said he was going to write about how they serve us and thank them.
While writing his letter, Cub Scout Lucas Eicher, 8, of the pack's Bear Division, told a fellow scout that “my pap used to be in the Navy.”
The pack's leaders hoped to instill specific values in the Cub Scouts through the work, such as having respect for military service members and learning “to give back more then you take” through acts of community service, Seder said.
In an effort to recognize the work of the children, post spokesman Bill Lozier, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel of Mt. Pleasant, presented the pack with a certificate of appreciation.
“We appreciate your help and the troops oversees thank you,” Lozier said.
Barbara Denning is a freelance writer.
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