Scouts will collect used clothes/shoes Feb. 8

(Posted Feb. 5, 2015)

On Feb. 8, Boy Scout Troop 104 from London will collect hundreds of pounds of old clothing and shoes. Their goal? Adventure.

The group of 27 is fundraising for a high country wilderness adventure to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, complete with fishing, canoeing, camping and—if they’re lucky—bears.

Troop 104 has to come up with the cash first. But that’s no problem for this entrepreneurial bunch. Last summer, they found a way to raise money in the unlikeliest of places: their closets. The troop teamed up with local used clothing collector, Planet Aid, to hold a clothing drive in the month leading up to Earth Day. Planet Aid was expecting a few hundred pounds. The boys collected 1,200 pounds.

“It was unbelievable,” said Planet Aid representative Scott Preston, who presented the troop with a $120 check for their hard work.

Now, the boys are at it again, sneaking into their parents’ closets.

Their final push is a community-wide clothing drive from 12-3 p.m. Feb. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St., London. The public is invited to drop off old clothing, shoes, books and toys to support the scrappy troop.

Just a few thousand pounds to go to wilderness and adventure.

Planet Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inform, mobilize and inspire individuals and communities to work together to bring about worldwide environmental and social progress. Specializing in collecting and recycling used clothing and shoes, Planet Aid’s recycling program has saved more than 800 million pounds of clothing from wasteful disposal, thus preventing more than 1.5 million tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.


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