Local Eagle Scout To-Be helps out CRRC Food Pantry


Thanks to the efforts of Canyon Lake resident Matt Smith, the local CRRC Food Pantry recently did some serious restocking to its shelves.

The 17 year-old and prospective Eagle Scout Smith planned, organized and executed a recent food drive for the Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake in completion of his Eagle Scout Award. Smith's one-man campaign netted approximately 900 donated food items for the pantry.

According to Smith, the idea for the food drive came to mind in May after returning from a camping trip, when he saw the sign outside the CRRC office on FM 2673 asking for food donations. Smith checked with Executive Director Eleanor Preston about such a project and then created a proposal for the award. Once the Boy Scout Council approved the plan, Smith put things in motion.

With the help of his parents Charlie and Lynn and his sister Rachel, Smith made donation cans and boxes for placement in area churches and local businesses before his final collection event. Smith and his family also created flyers about contributing to the food drive and posted the flyers around the community. Prior to this, Smith spent hours calling businesses and area citizens to get permission to conduct the two-week donation campaign. Super S Foods in Startzville and Sattler also allowed him to personally collect donated food and money from customers on July 10 and 11 at their stores.

Smith explained that some of his biggest contributors were local business people. "Mrs. Smith's Pie Company helped a lot and Douglas Kirk ran ads in both of his papers," Smith said.

For the Smithson Valley junior, the best part of the over 80-man hour project was the collection day at the Super S stores, but the real lesson was in the support from the community. "It makes me feel good. That's a lot of food people can eat," he said.

Though he completed the Eagle Scout project in a tight time frame, Smith learned about organization from the experience.

"Planning something like this is very difficult. It takes a long time," he noted.

Others who assisted in some phase of the project included local scouts; Aaron Smith, Paul Smith, Nathan Bourgeois, Will Ingraham, J.R. Ebling, Josh Harris, Dayton Hall and Sean Teenier. Adult support came from Rusty Smith, scoutmaster; Skipper Bourgeois and Rick Ebling, assistant scoutmasters; and family members Helen and Breanne Bourgeois.

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