Junior and Brandon participated in the Scouting for Food drive this year and I have to say, they both made me proud.
They passed out food bags earlier in the week. It was a typical cold and windy night for Las Vegas. The troop got together, mapped out the areas we would work and passed out cups of hot chocolate before we spread out in small groups. Another parent and myself were in charge of the group my sons were in and everything went fine.
We watched them run from door to door, hanging the bags on each door and even speaking to a couple of people that were out walking their dogs. The whole event lasted for about an hour. After we were done and on our way back to our cars, a officer showed up and asked what was going on. Apparently, a resident had called 911 not knowing who we were but the officer just smiled when he saw us. He said good night and left.
It was a good night. Cold but hey, we got hot chocolate…
We met up again on Saturday to collect the bags we passed out and to request donations at a local Smith’s grocery store. My older son, Junior, had basketball tryouts that morning so Brandon was the only one able to help out. I dropped him off and was supposed to pick him up around noon but he called and asked if he could stay the entire day. As impressed as I was, and of course I said yes, what came next was even more amazing.
Around 4, I went to pick up my son and was immediately approached by all the scout leaders. They couldn’t wait to tell me how great a job Brandon had done. Not only did he stand outside the grocery store to collect donations, he volunteered to collect the food bags we passed out earlier, helped customers take groceries to their cars and gave the tips he received (between $100 and $200) directly to his troop leaders.
I honestly couldn’t tell you how good the food drive did but I can tell you how proud I was to be a father that weekend. Both of my sons were awesome!