Southborough Scout organizes food, letter drive for U.S. troops

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Rick Scott

Southborough – Rick Scott, a Southborough Troop 1 scout working on Eagle Scout rank, is striving to build relationships between U.S. servicemen and women in Afghanistan and the Southborough community through a food and letter drive. Scott, currently a student at Worcester Academy, aspires to join the service after college.

Scott's Eagle Scout project is inspired by the many troop drives he's participated in as a scout.

“As a scout, you realize how important communication is to the group's success,” he said. “Building relationships is really the driving force in my project. I want these individuals to see how much our community appreciates the work they do. This support will help sustain them in their difficult environment.”

Scott picked out the units serving in Afghanistan, where he will send care packages filled with non-perishables, entertainment items and, perhaps most importantly, letters for all members of the unit.

The U.S. forces food drive kicked off during the annual Troop 1 Pancake breakfast. Collection boxes for the effort have been set up at the Trottier and Neary schools, as well as in most of the churches in Southborough. In addition, donations can be dropped off during Boy Scout meetings, every Wednesday night between 7 and 8:30 p.m. at Southborough's Pilgrim Church.

Scott asks members of the community to help.

“Please write a letter to one of our soldiers, thanking them for their service,” he said. “Also, remember to bring a non-perishable, hygiene or entertainment item to send with it. I appreciate your help and so will the soldiers who receive our packages this spring.”