An Eagle Scout Service Project brings joy to children
Elkins High School student Jonathan William Winfiele of Boy Scout Troop 1631 received his Eagle Scout Award, the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America, in a Court of Honor attended by family and friends.
Jonathan’s journey to the Eagle nest involved various leadership roles, merit badges, overnight camping adventures, Summer Camps in Arkansas, Texas, and Colorado; and the Boy Scouts of America’s Philmont High Adventure Program hiking through mountains of New Mexico.
To receive this honor, Jonathan had to complete a service project; which would benefit a non-profit organization within his community. With great thoughts Jonathan came to realize that if he took his love of teddy bears and compassion for those in need, he could help make some children’s lives a little better for Christmas.
He contacted the Fort Bend Rainbow Room (a charitable organization dedicated to helping children and families in crisis located in Rosenberg), where he found that the Rainbow Room’s Christmas goal was to provide a stuffed animal in each child’s Christmas gift bag. Jonathan knew this was the organization that his project would benefit, setting a goal to collect 300 teddy bears/stuffed animals.
Jonathan coordinated and provided leadership on orchestrating this project with 29 volunteers (helping with door to door flyer distribution, collecting, sorting, counting, and ribbon/tag tying), three organizations (St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church; the Lake Olympia Civic Association; and The Methodist Day School on Lexington/FM 1092), and over 237 combined volunteer service hours.
To Jonathan’s joy the drive collected an overwhelming 636 teddy bears/stuffed animals. Jonathan also ensured that each teddy bear/stuffed animal provided a special Christmas message of comfort and hope for the season and throughout the year.
On Christmas morning Jonathan realized that his project not only helped make children’s wishes come true, but this was a project which reminded all volunteers the true meaning of giving of oneself to others.
After graduating this coming year in 2015, Jonathan is looking at pursuing his further education in Architecture Design at either Rice University, Texas A&M, or the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Boy Scout Troop 1631 is the first troop chartered in First Colony over 30 years ago, and has helped more than 145 boys achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. The Troop meets Monday nights at Fort Settlement Middle School. Learn more at http://www.t1631.org.
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