By Amanda Dyslin
Free Press Staff Writer
MANKATO — The Connecticut Parent Teacher Association requested homemade snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary children about a month ago as a way to spruce up their new school and make it feel welcoming for the children.
The association thought they would receive a few boxes, mostly from Connecticut. Instead, they’ve received thousands of boxes full from all over the world. So many they don’t have room to store them.
In national news articles, the parents and school district have showed great appreciation for the outpouring of support. With the tragedy affecting children, many people want to give love in the form of something homemade, or give a toy that might find its way into a child’s arms.
A gift of money might not seem like it’s as heartfelt, but the local Boy Scouts of the Twin Valley Council Order of the Arrow know that’s exactly what’s needed most.
“They’ve been bombarded with pallets of toys and snowflakes,” said Rene Maes Jr., Great Bend district director. “They can’t handle that, but they really need some money to support the families.”
The Order of the Arrow, which includes Scouts from sixth through 11th grade, is holding a fundraiser Jan. 26 for Sandy Hook Elementary youth and their families at both Cub Foods locations in Mankato. Their goal is to raise $1,000 for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund in one day.
Scouts will be collecting monetary donations in the lobby area because, in part, “we all know the devastation that hit the community and families, particularly two Cub Scout families and a Venture Crew Teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary,” the Scouts wrote in an email about the event.
For making a donation, the Scouts will be offering free Scout popcorn.
Eagle Scout Cody Taylor, who has been a Scout since he was 8 years old, is coordinating the fundraiser.
Maes said the event is meaningful to the boys.
“The boys definitely felt the pain of the youth out there and said, ‘We just need to do something,’” he said.
If you go
Twin Valley Council Order of the Arrow fundraiser for Sandy Hook Elementary youth and families
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Lobbies of Cub Foods east and west locations in Mankato
Checks and cash donations will be accepted. Make checks out to Sandy Hook School Support Fund, or mail a donation check of support to Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts, 810 Madison Ave., Mankato, MN 56001.
387-3123, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.twinvalleybsa.org