Northborough Troop 101 Eagle Scout gives back to Boston Children’s Hospital

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By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer

Scout Thomas Rabideau with sits with a display of Lego donations.
Scout Thomas Rabideau with sits with a display of Lego donations.
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NORTHBOROUGH- Thomas Rabideau of Northborough’s Boy Scout Troop 101 wanted to give back to Boston Children’s Hospital as part of his Eagle Scout project.

A project, which has been in the works for over a year and has entailed 100 hours, resulted in the donation of nearly 300 new Lego sets to the hospital.

Fifteen-year-old Rabideau, a rising sophomore at Willow Hill School, was a patient at Boston Children’s six years ago.

“During my stay, there was not much I could do because of all the wires attached to me,” he said. “I remember the Child Life Specialist bringing me a new Lego set to build and that was a lot of fun.”

Boston Children Hospital contact Chris Ryan stands with Scout Thomas Rabideau on Longwood Avenue in Boston accepting the Lego donations.
Boston Children Hospital contact Chris Ryan stands with Scout Thomas Rabideau on Longwood Avenue in Boston accepting the Lego donations.
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That memory was the incentive behind this new project. Rabideau wanted to ensure that other hospitalized kids will receive something that will bring positivity to their day.

Lego sets were collected using an Amazon Wishlist, which shipped directly to Rabideau. He also had donation bins set up at his school and house. In addition, a drive-up collection was held at Assabet Park on April 11.

Through these efforts, nearly 300 new Lego sets were collected.

“I delivered 60 sets and will deliver the rest as soon as BCH has lifted their donation restrictions due to COVID,” Rabideau said.

He explained that the important aspect of an Eagle Scout project is “the impact or benefit the project will provide to the designated beneficiary.”

Northborough Troop 101 Eagle Scout gives back to Boston Children’s Hospital
: Collection day at Assabet Park saw Thomas Rabideau get help from Christopher Uzar, Ryan Cavanaugh, Mark Cayer, Alex Nascinmento.
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The process can be intense, as the project proposal needs to be reviewed by the Troop Scoutmaster and then presented for approval by the Boy Scout Council. From start to finish, the process took over a total of 100 hours of work, including the volunteer hours of other scouts from Rabideau’s troop.

Despite some challenges that COVID-19 presented, Rabideau is excited to have the project completed.

“I am grateful to everyone who contributed to help make this project a success,” he said. “I hope the Legos will put a smile on the faces of the patients at Boston Children’s Hospital like it did for me.”

 

 

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