Again this year, Boy Scouts from Troop 555 in Penn Forest Township joined with other scouts and Girl Scouts as they have for almost a decade to bag Easter candy for children of lower income families in Carbon County. About 40 young people came together at the Troop's primary meeting place, Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, and spent the evening creating Easter candy bags that were donated at the end of the night to a local food pantry.
"I'm proud to report that our scouts produced a record output this year," said Troop 555 Scoutmaster Ray Attewell. "This has become a tradition and an important part of what our scouts do for their community. I am very proud of these young people."
Ray Squire, vice president of the Jim Thorpe Food Pantry, operated by St. Joseph's parish, accepted the bagged candy. Again this year, Albert "Butch" Strubinger, also a St. Joseph's parishioner, donated a pizza party for all of the Scouts and families in attendance.
In addition to the scouts from Troop 555, scouts also appeared and took part in the labor from Cub Pack 138, Girl Scout Troop 4229, Daisy Troops #3127 and #30138, and Cadette Troop #34092. As usual, the Easter Bunny dropped by to thank all of the scouts for their hard work.