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Scouts work together 
to benefit Gleaners

     Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the Detroit area partnered to collect more than 20,000 pounds of food during the week of November 5-12 as part of their third annual “Scouting for Food” drive to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
     On November 5, Scouts distributed bags in neighborhoods throughout their service areas, which include communities stretching from Wayne to Oakland and Macomb Counties, and Sanilac and Monroe Counties. Individuals who received the Scouting for Food bags were asked to fill them with non-perishable canned or boxed foods which Scouts picked up on November 12.
     Gleaners will distribute the donated food items to individuals in need in Detroit-area communities. Last year, Gleaners distributed more than 34 million pounds of food to soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in southeast Michigan.
     “The Scouting for Food drive helps Gleaners fill our partner agency pantry shelves before the holidays,” said Gerry Brisson, Gleaners’ President and CEO.      “With colder weather approaching, many struggling families will be forced to choose between paying heating bills and buying food for their families. The donations from this drive help make sure that these families receive the support they need.”
    The Boy Scouts of America established Scouting for Food as a regionwide service project in 1988. Vic Pooler, Scout Executive for the BSA’s Great Lakes Field Service Council, said the food drive meets a need for Gleaners at a critical time of the year for its clients.
     “Scouting for Food has been a tradition of Boy Scouts of America nationally for over 30 years,” Pooler said. “This longstanding commitment to community service is what Scouting is all about, and partnering with our local Girl Scouts is a wonderful way for more Scouts to canvass areas in our region to provide more food for those in need before the holidays arrive and the demand becomes so much greater.”
     More than 800 Boy Scout units distributed bags and collected the donated food.
     Last year, the Scouts collected close to 200,000 pounds of food for Gleaners. 
  The Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America provides a variety of youth development and camping programs that promote character, leadership, and life skills to nearly 68,000 Michigan boys and girls. More information on the Michigan Crossroads Council can be found at michiganscouting.org.

Marracci Court 32 celebrates centennial 
By Darlene House
  It may be the laughter of children at the Boys & Girls Club enjoying a Fun Day. Perhaps it is the surprisingly strong grip of a senior citizen when shaking hands at a special event. It might even be the smile on a hospital patient's face reflecting gratitude for a visit and care package. These are just a few of the ways Marracci Court No. 32 makes a difference impacting its community.
   Marracci Court No. 32 is a constituent Court of the Imperial Court, an auxiliary to the Prince Hall Shriners. Chartered on August 5, 1917, Marracci Court No. 32 is a charitable and benevolent organization. It is interwoven with the common bond of friendship to inculcate honor and integrity. A part of the organization's focus includes providing positive role models for youth.
  The 2017 theme is "Marracci Daughters Rock since 1917 -- Celebrating a Century of Excellence while continuing to make an impact through great deeds of charity and service."
  " It is a wonderful honor to serve as Commandress during this 100th anniversary year," said Garrison, a HR Business Partner with a large healthcare system in southeast Michigan. The Ball includes award presentations to students through an Education Assistance Program. It also serves as a great celebration for ten decades of service and kick off for many more.
  Visit Marracci Court No. 32 on Facebook or email marraccicourt32@gmail.com, for additional information.
  Darlene House is a writer/editor/PR expert/author of Remarkable Reprints: A Collection of Acclaimed Articles and Crowd-Pleasing Columns plus The City Shining National Inspirational Role Models Month Originator and Coordinator National Inspirational Role Models Visionaries Founder and President Owner/Chief Communications Specialist House of Communications LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/darlenehousewriteedit Twitter: housetweet2
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