In April of this year, Life Scout Reat Underwood and his grandfather were senselessly killed by a gunman at the Jewish Community Center. Although Reat was working to complete his Eagle Project at Operation Breakthrough, he was unable to finish. Many Scouts and Scouters have asked to complete his project or do something else in his name. There have been a number of activities and dedications to honor Reat but it is time to take action to finish the project he had planned.
Operation Breakthrough is an organization dedicated to assisting children and families. They are the largest daycare center in the state of Missouri. Besides providing nationally accredited early education the center also provides meaningful after school and summer activities, and a wide range of social services. Every day, parents come to Operation Breakthrough in need of food and household items for their children.
Reat’s dream was to perform a food pantry drive with the assistance of his fellow scouts. They would distribute flyers one weekend and pick up donations the next weekend and then deliver to Operation Breakthrough. Items needed include non-‐perishable food items (can goods, boxed Mac & Cheese, rice, oatmeal, baby food), hygiene items (soap, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste) and household items (laundry soap, detergent, TP).
On September 19-‐21, items will be collected during the Order of the Arrow 75th Anniversary at Camp Naish. In October, Troop 92 will be taking a collection and we are coordinating a collection with Church of the Resurrection to occur during November. Our goal is to provide items to Operation Breakthrough regularly during the months leading up to the holidays. While we expect to deliver sizable collections, Operation Breakthrough has a large need. Please consider taking part in these activities and even consider coordinating a drive within your unit. No collection is too small or large. We will be compiling a photo record of the collections and request you provide photos of your unit’s activities. Please make sure your unit’s number is prominent in the photos! There are some opportunities for pick up if you are unable to deliver your items to Operation Breakthrough. Contact Dave Timpe if you need help with a project.
Operation Breakthrough is located at 3039 Troost Ave. in Kansas City Mo. Lee Duckett is the Contact. His phone number is 913-‐219-‐7456.
Dave Patterson – OA Chapter Advisor for Trailhead district is coordinating OA efforts and will be collecting photos. Dave’s email for the photos is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave Timpe was Reat’s Eagle Coach and is coordinating efforts with Troop 92’s Senior Patrol and the other programs. Dave can be reached at 913-‐226-‐3566 or email@example.com.