Munhall Cub Scouts need help to get items to storm victims

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Cub Scouts of Pack 4 in Munhall have filled a 25-foot UHaul truck with items they collected for those suffering from the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy.

Now, they are looking for a donated bus and driver to transport the Cub Scouts, their parents and some Boy Scouts to Staten Island in New York City to distribute the items.

"That's our goal," den mother Lea Ann Chiarizio said.

Pack 4 leaders were looking for Scouts in the part of New York affected by the storm and contacted Boy Scout Troop 6 and Cub Scout Pack 6 in Staten Island. The New York Scouts provided them with a list of needed items.

Parents of the Munhall Cub Scouts printed 1,200 fliers about the collection, which were distributed in Munhall, Homestead, West Homestead and West Mifflin.

The response from local communities was "amazing," Mrs. Chiarizio reported.

Residents brought coats, hats, scarves, canned goods, cold medicines, personal care items, toilet paper and paper towels, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies in large quantities, she said.

More than 30 volunteers helped collect and pack the items brought to Munhall Fire Station No. 3 last weekend.

At midnight Friday, parents and Scouts hope to leave for the Eltingville section of Staten Island. There, they will distribute the items to people in the storm area with members of Boy Scout Troop 6 and Cub Scout Pack 6 of Staten Island.

Matt Gaor of Cub Scout Pack 6 also arranged for the Pittsburgh-area Scouts to travel to ground zero to perform a color guard flag ceremony.

More items will be collected at all the Munhall fire stations during the community's Light Up Night until 8 p.m. Friday, Mrs. Chiarizio said.


Anne Cloonan, freelance writer:


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