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Boy Scout troop gives back, provides 'Treasures for Children' through Salvation Army program

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, 5:33 p.m.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 208 head over to the 'Treasures for Children' tree to deposit their gift donations on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.
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Members of Boy Scout Troop 208 head over to the 'Treasures for Children' tree to deposit their gift donations on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.
Troop 208 scout Nathan Meyer looks for a good gift on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.
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Troop 208 scout Nathan Meyer looks for a good gift on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.
Troop 208 scout Keegan Gorajczyk picks out a toy for the Salvation Army’s 'Treasures for Children' program on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.
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Troop 208 scout Keegan Gorajczyk picks out a toy for the Salvation Army’s 'Treasures for Children' program on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.
Peyton, Nathan and Tom Malley pose for a photo with Tyler Vollero as they choose gifts for the 'Treasures for Children' program on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.
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Peyton, Nathan and Tom Malley pose for a photo with Tyler Vollero as they choose gifts for the 'Treasures for Children' program on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

When Franklin Regional teacher Richard Sunny and his wife walk into their local Walmart this time of year, they always see the Salvation Army’s “Treasures for Children” tree, full of tags customers can use to purchase a toy for child in need.

So when Sunny started thinking about a holiday community-service event for his son’s Boy Scout troop, it was an easy decision.

“It was nice to get every tag off the tree and fill up the box,” Sunny said.

Boy Scout Troop 208 members, chartered out of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Murrysville, cleaned 19 tags off the “Treasures for Children” tree on Dec. 6 and picked out gifts to donate.

“We thought this would be a good service opportunity for the community,” said Ian Sunny, 15.

Boy Scout and Franklin Regional freshman Thomas Hieber said the troop’s efforts replaced the annual gift exchange that takes place at its holiday party.

“That didn’t always go smoothly, with confusion over how much to spend on gifts, so we decided to find a way to give back,” Hieber said.

Ian Sunny said it’s a perfect fit.

“Scouting is service-based, and one of the biggest things is giving back to the community,” he said.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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